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Motion Picture Production Code - Adopted in 1930 by the film industry, the Motion Picture Production Code was devised to regulate the sex and violence in the entertainment industry.

Motion Picture Production Code  - Front Cover

Violators of the code could be fined $25,000 and boycotted or even condemned by the Legion of Decency, (founded in 1934) a group of Roman Catholic bishops.

The MPPC was nicknamed the Hays Code after Will H. Hays, the first director of the Motion Picture Association of America.

The Three General Principles of the Code (a.k.a. the "Hays Code"):

1. No picture shall be produced that will lower the moral standards of those who see it. Hence the sympathy of the audience should never be thrown to the side of crime, wrongdoing, evil or sin.

2. Correct standards of life, subject only to the requirements of drama and entertainment, shall be presented.

3. Law, natural or human, shall not be ridiculed, nor shall sympathy be created for its violation.


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