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Title Facts Forum News, Vol. 5, No. 2, February 1956
Alternate Title Facts Forum News, Vol. V, No. 2, February 1956
Series Title Facts Forum News
Creator
  • Facts Forum
Publisher Facts Forum
Date February 1956
Language eng
Subject
  • Anti-communist movements
  • Conservatism
  • Politics and government
  • Hunt, H. L.
Place
  • Dallas, Texas
Genre
  • journals (periodicals)
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  • Text
Identifier AP2.F146 v. 5 1956; OCLC: 1352973
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  • University of Houston Libraries
  • Facts Forum News
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Title File 047
Transcript _ii ■■ -~: ~: I* •" State censorship and organized boycotts are vigorously opposed by some participants on a recent Facts Forum Panel program. Voluntary censorship by submitting pictures to a production code is approved by guest panelist Arthur De Bra and another portion of the panel. do not, O A t'iei Pic* ofc* ke to hef ' stated NK producer > ieture to t»e nothin: are many '' .roadthatSJ -r coming, peak," :s admins ,sed largejl cuts and'1 came to uSl ugh of ncrete iuifl omplain^'J "when "\w man fn vould sC ■ era, sw>ng'$ lay an i-n^j n Mexico '" , Oitbytfl on a vva» a ce, and h«J hadnw i"1 'nstead of upon the deceased body. ' ' ' We. got no letters ol protest!" Continuing his description of the production Code Administration, Mr. ye Bra emphasized that its function is one of self-regulation. All producers nave voluntarily entered into agreement, with nothing imposed from the outside. Twelve men review all the Pictures with the companies in the Process from the time the script begins „"".* P""eliit Arthur De Bra, Director of Corn- tin,, J ,elotl°ns tor the Motion Picture Associa- "°n of America. until the picture is finished. In the case 11 the HI,,,, "| Am A Camera," accord- 'nK to M,.. I),. iSla t)l(,S(. men pointed "t aifficulties in this script when it "st.e'"ne in, and worked with the ?.l,lll'o as they went along. Even so. . '. stud,,, and the producer involved S'sted on putting some things into ,'e Picture which were a violation of "e Production code. Mr. De lira e.x- ?Aars Forum News, February, 1956 plained also that once the Production Code Administration has denied a code seal to a picture, the producer has a right to appeal to the board of directors of the Motion Picture Association, composed of the presidents of these companies, "whose judgment about entertainment is motivated to a good extent by economic necessity, and consequently are pretty careful judges. And in this instance they upheld the Production Code Administration," he said. Also, there is nothing to preclude the producer of this picture from releasing his film to the exhibitors, without approval, although he would be taking certain financial risks. OPPOSITION TO STATE CENSORSHIP Moving from the discussion of the voluntary production code to that of state censorship, Mr. Buckley and Mr. Combs both voiced their strong opposition to such laws. According to Mr. Buckley, "We ought always to resist the temptation to let the state do our work for us: (A) because it implies giving additional coercive authority to the state, which, as a libertarian, I disapprove of; and (B) because the state is not as sensitive as individual human beings are to various shades and distinctions and innuendoes which ought to be taken into account. Therefore it's infinitely better to have a private organization and private individuals exercise their own judgment." Although agreeing on opposition to censorship laws, Mr. Combs and Mr. Buckley sharply disagreed over the merits of privately organized boycotts. The latter approved of a voluntary boycott, or action of the kind that an enraged society "ought occasionally to take to curb people who refuse to discipline themselves . . .," that is, producers who affront society.Mr.Combs, on the other hand, expressed disap- val of any form of boycott if i provs orga ized, branding it "outrageous, indefensible in every respect." Mr. Buckley asked of Mr. Combs, "Would you go so far as to condemn the Anti-Defamation League for boycotting an anti-Semitic movie? For example, certain scenes from 'Oliver Twist?" "I think they are wrong to boycott," replied Mr. Combs. "It would seem to me that it would depend entirely upon the spirit animating them, and I question very seriously whether any social group is justified in organizing what is an economic weapon. When you come right down to it, that's what it is." Conversely, Mr. Buckley observed that it is up to the individual whether or not to observe the boycott. Also, he expressed doubt that the Anti-Defamation League has any coercive authority over the Jews patronizing controversial movies, but thought they have the right to point out such movies, and to urge Jewish people not to patronize them. AFFECTS BOX OFFICE Also opposed to state censorship of moving pictures. Professor Hodges had the further observation to make that state censorship is an impossible situation in a union of 48 states. What it actually does is possibly to tip the balance of judgment so that a few states can really affect the whole success of a given movie by denying permission for its showing and disagreeing with very respectable organizations. In regard to privately organized boycott. Sir. Hodges expressed again his very firm opposition, labeling it "collective control" of his freedom. Taking a more intermediary stand between the two extremes of opinion regarding group boycotts, guest panelist De Bra went back to the workings (Continued on Page 63) Page 45 I
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