HOLLYWOOD: Decoded

The sanctity of the institution of marriage and the home shall be upheld. No film shall infer that casual or promiscuous sex relationships are the accepted or common thing.

—Hollywood Production Code

Toward the end of a tatterdemalion 20th Century-Fox film called Harry Black and the Tiger (TIME, Oct. 13), now showing in all the nabes. Hero Stewart Granger beds down with the wife of a close friend, and it is with the greatest reluctance that she finally returns to her husband. Not so much as a snowflake of retribution drops on either of them; it was, the movie makes clear, a...

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