Higher Criticism in Memphis

Lloyd Tilgham Binford, dour, dogmatic chairman of the Memphis Board of Censors, has long prided himself on being able to whiff a movie innuendo or spot a suggestive line even before it is suggested. Since 1928, 76-year-old Mr. Binford has kept the Lower Chickasaw Bluff pure by dooming or doctoring many a movie.

He once ordered sections deleted from Cecil B. de Mille's The King of Kings, because they showed the crucifixion and whipping of Christ. Movies discussing or starring Negroes have been ruthlessly excluded or edited, including Imitation of Life, Sensations of...

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