Hays Code (1930-1968) and the Crime Movie. The start…. Hollywood’s scandals: Early 20’s: a murder, a drug overdose, and a manslaughter trial. Hollywood as “Sin City” 1922—Motion Picture Producers and Distributors Association Slaps on the wrists and a lot of “tsk, tsk, tsk”.
sex, violence, and crime = bad.
There was none of that on TV!
1968, Rating system was then formed by the Motion Picture Association of America.
I don’t like these here new dang-fidnagled movies
they could never do
James Cagney in Angels with Dirty Faces (Curtiz, 1938)
Images from Public Enemy (Wellman, 1931)