Cinema: Test Case

Denver has a city ordinance banning movies that show lynchings or tend to incite race hatred. When Manager Robert Allen of South Denver's Jewell Theatre announced the 24-year-old film classic The Birth of a Nation as last week's attraction, he was warned that the ordinance would be invoked against him. He went ahead anyhow, at week's end had been formally arrested 16 times, once at each afternoon and evening showing. Challenging the constitutionality of the ordinance in a police-court show-down this week, Manager Allen will have on his side 1) the American Civil Liberties Union, 2) the Ku Klux Klan.


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