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Moving Pictures: Corrupting Public Morals

Corruption_in_Silent_FilmIn the April 19, 1919 edition of the Motion Picture News (Vol.XIX, No.16), Paul Brunei raised the issue of showing moving pictures on a Sunday, arguing that the working man deserves to be entertained on his day off, and that not everyone can afford a drive to the country, a game of golf or tennis. While at the time, this might have sounded like the ravings of a Bolshevik, it was his opinion that the great majority of people wanted Sunday moving pictures. Assuming, however, that hardworking folk did not know what was good for them, he posed the question: “Will Sunday moving pictures corrupt the public’s morals”? All things considered, I expect that much of the controversy fell by the wayside when it was suggested that the theatres would not open until 2pm, well after the collection plate had been passed (Klaus Ming February 2016).


3 comments on “Moving Pictures: Corrupting Public Morals

  1. Joachim Boaz

    What is the image from? I love that still! 🙂

    • Klaus

      the church from Metropolis (1927)

      • Joachim Boaz

        It did seem familiar…. makes sense! Thanks

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This entry was posted on 02/22/2016 by in Silent Film Musings.
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