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Record of films rejected or films approved with eliminations

Held by the New York State Archives


Overview of the Records

Repository:

New York State Archives

New York State Education Department

Cultural Education Center

Albany, NY 12230

Summary:
This series documents through those films rejected or approved with elimination, the Motion Picture Division's concern with sex, violence, and adult situations such as infidelity or abortion. Information includes film’s serial number, title, applicant and manufacturer’s name, changes/eliminations required for final approval, reel number of altered scene or dialogue, and the reason for the determination. For rejected films a plot summary, critique of acting, dialogue, plot, and reason(s) the film was not licensed are included.
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Quantity:
5 cu. ft.Copies:10microfilm reels;35mm.
Inclusive Dates:
1921-1958
Series Number:
A1422

Arrangement

Chronological by date film received.

Scope and Content Note

Information in this series on films rejected or approved with eliminations shows the Motion Picture Division's concern with sex, violence, and adult situations such as infidelity or abortion. The files reveals that these concerns diminish over time.

The files of films approved with eliminations provide the serial number of the film, date received, film title, applicant's name, manufacturer's name, number of reels, date of examination, examiners' names, a description or transcript of the changes/eliminations required for final approval, the reel number on which the altered scene or dialogue is located, and the reason for the determination ("immoral," "will incite crime," "inhuman," etc.). For films that were rejected outright, all of the above information is included, as well as a summary of the plot including a critique of the acting and dialogue, plot, and/or action, and the reason(s) why the film was not licensed.

In addition to the eliminations and rejections, earlier reviews contain separate forms recording appeals and applications for reexaminations. These forms provide the title of the film being appealed, number of reels, manufacturer, original decision, serial number issued to film, date of examination, date of re-examination, date of final action, determinations or specifications regarding particular eliminations, remarks or reasons given for requests for re-examination, and the results of the appeal.

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Access Restrictions

There are no restrictions regarding access to or use of the material.

Alternate Formats Available

Microform is available at the New York State Archives through interlibrary loan.

Related Information

Other finding aids

Series A1423, Alphabetical List of Films Rejected or Films Approved With Eliminations, provides an alphabetical index which may assist the researcher to located specific films.

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