The Hays Office [*SIGNED*]

By: Moley, Raymond

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Book Condition: Very Good+


(no dust jacket) [clean and solid copy, lightly shelfworn; slight fading to spine cloth, gilt lettering somewhat dulled on both spine and front cover]. (B&W photo frontispiece) INSCRIBED and SIGNED by the author on the ffep. A thorough and detailed accounting of the operations of the Production Code Administration, locus of the movie industry's self-censorship mechanism from the 1930s through the 1960s. Generally known colloquially as "the Hays Office" (hence the title), on the front lines in Hollywood it was more often referred to as "the Breen Office," since the studios were for the most part dealing with Joseph Breen, who headed the L.A. office (to which the studios submitted their scripts for reading and vetting by it staff), rather than his uber-boss Will Hays, who primarily operated out of the "home office" in New York. (When Breen was succeeded by Geoffrey Shurlock upon his retirement in 1954, it became the "Shurlock Office.") Although resolutely uncritical of the PCA's operation or its pernicious effects on film content (an oversight which has been considerably redressed by later scholarship), and fawningly laudatory of Hays himself, the book is nonetheless invaluable for its sheer wealth of information about the nuts and bolts of Code enforcement, at a time when the organization was arguably at the height of its powers. A bunch of appendices present the documents relevant to the organization's founding and operations, including (Appendix E) the full text of the Production Code itself. Author Moley, originally a New Deal supporter, had transformed into a conservative Republican and severe critic of FDR by the end of the 1930s. Signed by Author

Title: The Hays Office [*SIGNED*]

Author: Moley, Raymond

Categories: *NEW ARRIVALS,

Edition: First Edition

Publisher: Indianapolis/New York, The Bobbs-Merrill Company: (c.1945)

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Very Good+

Inscription: Signed by Author

Seller ID: 24705

Keywords: Censorship Motion Picture Industry Will H. Hays Joseph Breen Signed Forties