has anyone heard of this oscars.org/mhl/sc/nationall_122.html organization? apparently it was an ancestor – direct or indirect, i’m not sure – of the usccb’s office for film and broadcasting.
last night i was watching “elmer gantry” on amc and host robert osborne mentioned in his introductory remarks the catholic league of decency (the original name of the national league of decency) in the context of why the film wasn’t made until 1960.
he characterized it more or less as a self-appointed censor which until the 1960’s could make or break a film by withholding a favorable rating, in which case catholic filmgoers would refuse to see the film.
the academy of motion picture’s description that i posted the link for above doesn’t come across as nearly so scary.