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1921 Thirteen Points1927 "Don’ts" and "Be Carefuls" (Purity Code)1930 Production Code,
not including changes thru 1968
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improper sexsex perversionsex perversion or any inference
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white slaverywhite slaverywhite slavery
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attractive vicecareful: sympathy to criminalsgeneral: no lowering of morals
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nakednessnudityVI. Costume 1. Not even nude silhouette
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prolonged love scenescareful: m/f in bed together, lustful kissing (particularly by criminals)"Passion" essential to plot only, no excessive lustful kissing
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predominantly underworlddrug trafficing (careful: smuggling)drug trafficing and smuggling
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attractive gambling & drinkingno liquor "when not required"
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crime instructionI.2. Methods of Crime not explicit
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ridicule public officialscareful: public characters/institutions
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religiously offensiveridicule of clergyridicule of religion, be careful with ceremonies
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violentcareful: brutality, murder, torture, hanging, electructionmurder, revenge. Repellent: hangings, gruesomeness, torture "third-degree"
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vulgar postures & gesturesIII. Vulgarity - good taste
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salacious subtitles & advertisingsalacious titles
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profanityGod, Lord, Hell, damn, etc.
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miscegenation (sex between races)miscegenation (sex between races)
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sex hygienesex hygiene & VD
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childbirthchildbirth
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children's sex organschildren's sex organs
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offense to nation, race, creed
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careful: flagflag respect
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careful: international relationspresent other nations fairly
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careful: arsonarson
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careful: firearms"essential" firearms only
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careful: thefttheft & dynamiting
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careful: sedition (insurrection)
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careful: animal/child crueltyRepellent: animal/child cruelty
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careful: branding of mammalsRepellent: branding person/animal
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careful: prostitutionRepellent: sale of women
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careful: rapeRape only suggested, not for comedy
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careful: seduction of girlsSeduction only suggested, not for comedy
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careful: insititution of marriageII. Sex, sanctity of marriage, 1.adultery
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careful: surguryRepellent: surgury
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careful: drug use
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careful: law-enforcing officersgeneral: no sympathy for illegal violation
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general: correct standards of life
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IV. Obscenity (no sexual suggestion)
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VI. Costume 2. Undressing only for plot
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VII. Dancing - no sexual suggestion
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IX. Locations - bedroom "taste"
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