Cinema: Gory Hands Across the Sea

Since the war, bloodstained melodramas full of brutality and violence have been especially popular on the U.S. screen. Last week Britain's Board of Film Censors sternly warned Hollywood—and producers elsewhere—to mop up the gore or have offending films scissored to bits and possibly banned outright.

Said Board Secretary A. T. L. Watkins: ". . . There are too many scenes of torture and novel means of killing . . . One or two blows in a fight should be sufficient. When it comes to a man's hands being held behind his back while his face is smashed to pulp, we draw the...

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