Cinema: Increasing Tolerance

Totting up its balance sheet for 1939-40, the American Civil Liberties Union last week reported that only seven movies ran afoul of State or local censorship in the U. S. last year. The seven: Birth of a Baby, the French film Harvest, the U. S. Public Health Service's Fight for Life, Strange Cargo and Primrose Path (these two notable because they were produced by major Hollywood studios whose self-censorship is usually effective), Birth of a Nation (Negro trouble in Denver), and an anti-Nazi blast variously entitled Hitler, The Beast of Berlin, Goose Step, and A Nation in Chains.


Want the full story?

Subscribe Now


Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!