Cinema: The Purity Test

Ever since moviemaking became a major U.S. industry, Hollywood has trembled at the mere suggestion of outside censorship. Last week in Washington a bill introduced in the Senate gave the moviemakers a real case of the shakes.

The bill's aim: to authorize the Federal Government to police the morals of all motion picture performers. The idea came from Colorado's ex-oowpuncher Senator Edwin Carl Johnson, 66, who considers himself a friend of the cinema because he goes to the movies a lot. "Big Ed" Johnson was outraged by i) RKO's brazen exploitation of the...

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