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Films Condemned by the Legion of Decency

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Blood Money (1933)
Crime drama about a crooked bail bondsman (George Bancroft) and the thrill-seeking socialite (Frances Dee) who is in love with him.
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People who added this item 88 Average listal rating (58 ratings) 7.3 IMDB Rating 7.6
Racy comedy about a menage-a-trois (Gary Cooper, Miriam Hopkins, and Fredric March), based on a play by Noel Coward.
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People who added this item 107 Average listal rating (35 ratings) 6.8 IMDB Rating 6.8
Ecstasy (1933)
Hedy Lamarr as a runaway child bride. Graphic for the time, including nudity and depictions of sexual intercourse and orgasm.

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People who added this item 163 Average listal rating (88 ratings) 7.6 IMDB Rating 7.9
Pre-Code classic in which Queen Christina of Sweden (Greta Garbo) gives up the throne to be with her lover.
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People who added this item 7 Average listal rating (4 ratings) 6.5 IMDB Rating 4.5
Damaged Lives (1933)
Edgar G. Ulmer melodrama about venereal disease.

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People who added this item 11 Average listal rating (6 ratings) 5.8 IMDB Rating 6.3
Melodrama highlighting corruption in the American school system, starring Frances Dee, Ginger Rogers, and Billie Burke.
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People who added this item 14 Average listal rating (4 ratings) 8 IMDB Rating 6.4
Men in White (1934)
Romantic drama condemned for adultery and an implied abortion.
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People who added this item 7 Average listal rating (2 ratings) 6 IMDB Rating 6.4
Riptide (1934)
A love triangle amongst Norma Shearer, Robert Montgomery, and Herbert Marshall.
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People who added this item 138 Average listal rating (78 ratings) 7.7 IMDB Rating 7.7
Torture, insanity, and Catherine the Great (Marlene Dietrich) having one adulterous affair after another while waiting to take over Russia.
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Condemned for its sympathetic depiction of an adulterous wife.
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People who added this item 33 Average listal rating (13 ratings) 7.3 IMDB Rating 6.9
Strange Cargo (1940)
Initially condemned, the studio edited it for approval.
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People who added this item 23 Average listal rating (9 ratings) 6.7 IMDB Rating 6.4
Greta Garbo's last Hollywood film.
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People who added this item 7 Average listal rating (4 ratings) 5.5 IMDB Rating 6.1
White Cargo (1942)
Hedy Lamarr as a biracial prostitute in the Belgian Congo.
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People who added this item 78 Average listal rating (41 ratings) 6.5 IMDB Rating 5.5
The Outlaw (1943)
Western film showcasing Jane Russell, hugely controversial for its prominent, salacious display of her body and breasts.

A troubled production filmed in 1940 (by Howard Hughes and an uncredited Howard Hawks), partly released in 1943, then withdrawn and tried for indecency by Judge Twain Michelsen. It was not widely released until 1946, with a statement from Michelsen reading: "We have seen Jane Russell. She is an attractive specimen of American womanhood. God made her what she is."
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People who added this item 10 Average listal rating (0 ratings) 0 IMDB Rating 5.6
Mom and Dad (1945)
Kroger Babb's infamous sexploitation film highlighting teen pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases. Very graphic for the time, including nudity and real-life footage of childbirth and delivery.
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People who added this item 308 Average listal rating (207 ratings) 7.8 IMDB Rating 8
British nuns start a school in the Himalayas, but the wild, sensual atmosphere gradually drives them to insanity, nymphomania, and murder. This classic melodrama from the Powell/Pressburger team was both condemned and edited on its initial American release, removing the flashback scenes in which Sister Clodagh (Deborah Kerr) remembers her life prior to joining the convent.

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People who added this item 16 Average listal rating (9 ratings) 5.7 IMDB Rating 6.7
Forever Amber (1947)
Based on the novel by Kathleen Winsor.

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People who added this item 382 Average listal rating (266 ratings) 7.6 IMDB Rating 7.9
Condemned for its sympathetic and ultimately positive depiction of a divorced mother (Maureen O'Hara).
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People who added this item 75 Average listal rating (45 ratings) 8 IMDB Rating 7.7
Bitter Rice (1949)
Condemned on its initial American release.
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People who added this item 272 Average listal rating (162 ratings) 8.1 IMDB Rating 8.3
Los Olvidados (1950)

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People who added this item 17 Average listal rating (11 ratings) 7.1 IMDB Rating 6.9
M (1951)
Remake of the Fritz Lang film by blacklisted director Joseph Losey. Disturbing tale of a serial child murderer and the people (policemen and criminals alike) out to to capture him.


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People who added this item 14 Average listal rating (9 ratings) 5.6 IMDB Rating 5.3
Musical comedy starring Jane Russell. Originally in 3-D, it was sold with provocative taglines such as "J.R. in 3-D - and What Dimensions!" and "It'll knock BOTH your eyes out!"
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People who added this item 51 Average listal rating (31 ratings) 6.6 IMDB Rating 6.7
Groundbreaking sex comedy by Otto Preminger, not approved by the Production Code. Story focuses on a love triangle; words such as "virgin", "seduce", "pregnancy", and "mistress" were prominently featured in the script and dialogue.

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People who added this item 11 Average listal rating (7 ratings) 7.7 IMDB Rating 6.8
I Am a Camera (1955)

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People who added this item 336 Average listal rating (204 ratings) 8.4 IMDB Rating 8.2
Rififi (1955)
Only the original French version of the film was condemned. To avoid condemnation, the initial-, wide-release American version edited three scenes and added a title card quoting the Book of Proverbs ("When the wicked are multiplied, crime shall be multiplied: but the just shall see their downfall"). This film earned a modest "B" rating.

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People who added this item 131 Average listal rating (64 ratings) 7.9 IMDB Rating 7.5
Baby Doll (1956)
Elia Kazan adaption of a Tennessee Williams screenplay. The story of a voluptuous but virginal child bride (Carroll Baker) caught between her husband (Karl Malden) and his devious business rival, Silva Vacarro (Eli Wallach).


Time Magazine called the film "just about the dirtiest American-made motion picture that has ever been legally exhibited." After the Legion of Decency began boycotting the movie - Cardinal Francis Spellman having declared it "evil in concept" and "certain to exert an immoral and corrupting influence on those who see it" - Warner Brothers distributed posters for the film with "Condemned by Cardinal Spellman" as a tagline.
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People who added this item 144 Average listal rating (88 ratings) 6.5 IMDB Rating 6.3
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People who added this item 209 Average listal rating (123 ratings) 7.2 IMDB Rating 7.3
Originally condemned, the studio changed the ending.

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Untamed Youth (1957)
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People who added this item 91 Average listal rating (55 ratings) 7.2 IMDB Rating 7.3
The Lovers (1958)
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People who added this item 1687 Average listal rating (1134 ratings) 8.2 IMDB Rating 8.3
Jack Lemmon and Tony Curtis witness a gang murder, and go on the lam disguised as women. Provocative comedy loaded with innuendo and satirical stereotypes.

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People who added this item 1167 Average listal rating (749 ratings) 7.4 IMDB Rating 7.9
Spartacus (1960)
Violence and homosexual content, including a notorious bathing scene between Tony Curtis (as Antoninus, an attractive young slave) and Laurence Olivier (as Crassus, his bisexual owner).

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People who added this item 3545 Average listal rating (2381 ratings) 8.3 IMDB Rating 8.5
Psycho (1960)

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People who added this item 982 Average listal rating (587 ratings) 8.1 IMDB Rating 8
Breathless (1960)
Condemned for its (deliberately) romanticized view of criminals.
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People who added this item 57 Average listal rating (30 ratings) 7.2 IMDB Rating 7.4

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People who added this item 385 Average listal rating (203 ratings) 8.2 IMDB Rating 8.3
Viridiana (1961)
Irreverent satire by Luis Bunuel (an outspoken critic of the Catholic Church and of religion in general). Depictions of blasphemy (including a parody of the Last Supper), suicide, incest (including an attempted rape), and other sins horrified the Spanish and American censors.



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People who added this item 83 Average listal rating (39 ratings) 7.2 IMDB Rating 7.2
Boccaccio '70 (1962)
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People who added this item 724 Average listal rating (413 ratings) 7.9 IMDB Rating 7.9
Jules and Jim (1962)
Classic tragicomedy about a menage-a-trios, starring Oskar Werner, Jeanne Moreau, and Henri Serre.
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People who added this item 960 Average listal rating (665 ratings) 7.1 IMDB Rating 7.5
Condemned for violent and sexual content, especially regarding the sadistic, lesbian spy character played by Lotte Lenya.


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People who added this item 1305 Average listal rating (676 ratings) 8.3 IMDB Rating 8.1
(1963)

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People who added this item 531 Average listal rating (309 ratings) 7.7 IMDB Rating 7.7
Contempt (1963)
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People who added this item 113 Average listal rating (54 ratings) 7.9 IMDB Rating 7.8
Condemned for nudity (a prostitute shown naked from the waist up).

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People who added this item 111 Average listal rating (69 ratings) 7.3 IMDB Rating 7.1
Irreverent sex comedy/satire by Billy Wilder.

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Condemned for sexual content and masochism.
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People who added this item 2714 Average listal rating (1812 ratings) 8.6 IMDB Rating 8.9
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People who added this item 903 Average listal rating (550 ratings) 7.6 IMDB Rating 7.7
Blow-Up (1966)

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People who added this item 268 Average listal rating (183 ratings) 6.5 IMDB Rating 6.7
Torn Curtain (1966)
Condemned for violence and a scene showing the heros (Paul Newman and Julie Andrews) in bed together.


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Hurry Sundown (1967)
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Movies condemned and boycotted by the Catholic Legion of Decency (1933-1965) or the National Catholic Office for Motion Pictures (1965-1980).

The C ("condemned") rating was issued from 1933 to 1978, when the C rating and the B rating were merged into the O ("morally offensive") rating. Although the NCOMP film office was shut down in 1980, some Catholic writers still use the O rating, as well as the L ("limited audience") and A ("approved" or "general audience") ratings, in film reviews.

Incidentally, this list itself is not intended to be offensive. It is not a critique of Catholicism, nor of the movies listed; rather, it is a catalogue of "condemned" films.

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Comments

Posted: 4 years, 2 months ago at Jun 24 12:21
Very interesting list :)
Posted: 4 years, 2 months ago at Jun 25 5:08
Cool list but would be MUCH MORE COOLER if you added the reason for being condemned on every single movie
Posted: 3 years, 10 months ago at Oct 10 22:59
Super list! :)
Posted: 3 years, 10 months ago at Oct 23 6:21
Great list! I've seen just about all of these too :)
Posted: 3 years, 9 months ago at Nov 6 13:31
I can't believe they condemned Santa Claus too! (Miracle on 34th Street). :D
Posted: 3 years, 9 months ago at Nov 6 13:45
Really amazing! Makes me want to see the ones I haven't!
Posted: 3 years, 9 months ago at Nov 6 14:41
Thanks! I've learned something today! :)
Posted: 2 years, 6 months ago at Feb 19 9:56
Some newer flicks should be added......A Serbian Film is the most condemed and harcore movie ever made!! Watch at ur own risk!, and A Human Centipede 2 . These are two of the most vile and condemed flicks i ever seen. HC2 was banned in its country of origin on grounds of indecency
Posted: 2 years, 6 months ago at Feb 19 23:48
I'll do my best to watch as many of those films as possible!

Won't these people ever learn? If you say you can't watch something, that will only increase the interest over it.
Posted: 2 years, 6 months ago at Feb 20 2:07
Personally, I applaud these filmmakers for pushing boundaries and disregarding the Code. The whole affair, in it's various incarnations was the height of ridiculousness. It's always the same; people in positions of power who believe they know best attempting to force everyone else to do as they say. That's why it eventually came to an end and the new system of rating movies was imposed.

Censorship has never been a good thing, especially in the realm of the arts. The creative mind of the artist not only needs freedom but it is essential that it has it.

Great list!
Posted: 1 year, 8 months ago at Dec 11 8:47
Heaven help us! A pity that instead of being hung up on sexuality they didn't focus their attention more on films that have promoted wars, hateful nationalism, greed and environmental destruction. As for the inclusion of films like Sunday Bloody Sunday, Christ never said a word against gays, but "judge not lest ye be judged"
Posted: 1 year, 7 months ago at Jan 2 17:07
Amazing that Grease is on here, seemed pretty innocuous to me.

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