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Films Condemned by the Legion of Decency

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Initially condemned, the studio edited it for approval.
Greta Garbo's last Hollywood film.
People who added this item 13 Average listal rating (3 ratings) 5.3 IMDB Rating 5.2
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.
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!"
People who added this item 12 Average listal rating (4 ratings) 7.8 IMDB Rating 6.5
A love triangle amongst Norma Shearer, Robert Montgomery, and Herbert Marshall.
Based on the novel by Kathleen Winsor.

Crime drama about a crooked bail bondsman (George Bancroft) and the thrill-seeking socialite (Frances Dee) who is in love with him.
Edgar G. Ulmer melodrama about venereal disease.

People who added this item 104 Average listal rating (66 ratings) 7.3 IMDB Rating 7.5
Racy comedy about a menage-a-trois (Gary Cooper, Miriam Hopkins, and Fredric March), based on a play by Noel Coward.
People who added this item 143 Average listal rating (46 ratings) 6.8 IMDB Rating 6.7
Ecstasy (1933)
Hedy Lamarr as a runaway child bride. Graphic for the time, including nudity and depictions of sexual intercourse and orgasm.

People who added this item 202 Average listal rating (94 ratings) 7.6 IMDB Rating 7.6
Pre-Code classic in which Queen Christina of Sweden (Greta Garbo) gives up the throne to be with her lover.
People who added this item 16 Average listal rating (8 ratings) 6.9 IMDB Rating 6.4
Melodrama highlighting corruption in the American school system, starring Frances Dee, Ginger Rogers, and Billie Burke.
People who added this item 17 Average listal rating (6 ratings) 8 IMDB Rating 6.4
Men in White (1934)
Romantic drama condemned for adultery and an implied abortion.
People who added this item 4 Average listal rating (3 ratings) 7.3 IMDB Rating 6.9
Condemned for its sympathetic depiction of an adulterous wife.
People who added this item 154 Average listal rating (82 ratings) 7.8 IMDB Rating 7.6
Torture, insanity, and Catherine the Great (Marlene Dietrich) having one adulterous affair after another while waiting to take over Russia.
People who added this item 10 Average listal rating (5 ratings) 5.4 IMDB Rating 6
White Cargo (1942)
Hedy Lamarr as a biracial prostitute in the Belgian Congo.
People who added this item 93 Average listal rating (49 ratings) 6.3 IMDB Rating 5.5
The Outlaw (1946)
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."
People who added this item 393 Average listal rating (227 ratings) 7.9 IMDB Rating 7.8
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.

People who added this item 463 Average listal rating (303 ratings) 7.7 IMDB Rating 7.9
Condemned for its sympathetic and ultimately positive depiction of a divorced mother (Maureen O'Hara).
People who added this item 107 Average listal rating (55 ratings) 7.8 IMDB Rating 7.7
Riso amaro (1949)
Condemned on its initial American release.
People who added this item 331 Average listal rating (192 ratings) 8.1 IMDB Rating 8.3

People who added this item 26 Average listal rating (15 ratings) 7.1 IMDB Rating 6.8
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.


People who added this item 57 Average listal rating (34 ratings) 6.7 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.

People who added this item 396 Average listal rating (223 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.

People who added this item 12 Average listal rating (8 ratings) 7.4 IMDB Rating 6.7
I Am a Camera (1955)

People who added this item 172 Average listal rating (77 ratings) 7.7 IMDB Rating 7.4
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.
People who added this item 174 Average listal rating (103 ratings) 6.5 IMDB Rating 6.3
People who added this item 8 Average listal rating (5 ratings) 5.4 IMDB Rating 3.3
Untamed Youth (1957)
People who added this item 243 Average listal rating (133 ratings) 7.1 IMDB Rating 7.2
Originally condemned, the studio changed the ending.

People who added this item 101 Average listal rating (61 ratings) 7.2 IMDB Rating 7.2
The Lovers (1958)
People who added this item 1900 Average listal rating (1241 ratings) 8.2 IMDB Rating 8.2
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.

People who added this item 1349 Average listal rating (844 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).

People who added this item 62 Average listal rating (33 ratings) 7.1 IMDB Rating 7.3

People who added this item 4103 Average listal rating (2714 ratings) 8.3 IMDB Rating 8.5
Psycho (1960)

People who added this item 1125 Average listal rating (672 ratings) 8 IMDB Rating 7.9
Breathless (1960)
Condemned for its (deliberately) romanticized view of criminals.
People who added this item 792 Average listal rating (444 ratings) 7.9 IMDB Rating 7.8
Jules and Jim (1962)
Classic tragicomedy about a menage-a-trios, starring Oskar Werner, Jeanne Moreau, and Henri Serre.
People who added this item 462 Average listal rating (243 ratings) 8.1 IMDB Rating 8.2
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.



People who added this item 98 Average listal rating (48 ratings) 7.4 IMDB Rating 7.1
Boccaccio '70 (1962)
People who added this item 1500 Average listal rating (778 ratings) 8.3 IMDB Rating 8
(1963)

People who added this item 604 Average listal rating (341 ratings) 7.7 IMDB Rating 7.6
Contempt (1963)
People who added this item 1097 Average listal rating (738 ratings) 7.1 IMDB Rating 7.4
Condemned for violent and sexual content, especially regarding the sadistic, lesbian spy character played by Lotte Lenya.


People who added this item 141 Average listal rating (85 ratings) 7.1 IMDB Rating 7
Irreverent sex comedy/satire by Billy Wilder.

People who added this item 14 Average listal rating (7 ratings) 5.9 IMDB Rating 6.6
Condemned for sexual content and masochism.
People who added this item 135 Average listal rating (61 ratings) 7.7 IMDB Rating 7.7
Condemned for nudity (a prostitute shown naked from the waist up).

People who added this item 3195 Average listal rating (2098 ratings) 8.6 IMDB Rating 8.8
People who added this item 316 Average listal rating (212 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.


People who added this item 26 Average listal rating (13 ratings) 6.8 IMDB Rating 5.7
Hurry Sundown (1967)
People who added this item 1022 Average listal rating (591 ratings) 7.6 IMDB Rating 7.6

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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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