List of films condemned by the Legion of Decency  

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This is a list of films condemned by the Legion of Decency, a United States Catholic organization.

The condemned (or C) rating was issued from the time of the Legion's formation in 1933 until 1978, when the C rating and the B rating were merged into the new O ("morally offensive") rating.

The Legion's ratings were applied to movies made in the United States (which were subject to the Production Code until 1967) as well as those which were imported from other countries. Beginning in 1968, the ratings were applied in addition to any rating assigned by the MPAA film rating system.

Legion-organized boycotts made a C rating harmful to a film's distribution and profitability. Accordingly, for the majority of years that the rating was applied, most condemned films were made outside of the United States, where their producers didn't have as much to fear from the condemnation. Of the 53 movies which the Legion had placed on its condemned list by 1943, only Howard Hughes' The Outlaw came from a major US studio, and it had not been approved by the Production Code or distributed widely.

Despite rumor to the contrary, Elia Kazan's 1951 A Streetcar Named Desire did not receive a C rating. However, it was cut by 4 minutes to avoid condemnation.

Contents

By Year

1933

1934

1937

1940

1941

1942

1943

1945

1947

1948

1951

1953

  • The Moon is Blue -- The first studio-produced film to deliberately bypass Production Code approval. Also the first condemned studio film to turn a profit.

1954

1955

1956

1957

1959

1960

1961

1962

1964

1965

1966

1967

1968

1969

1971

1973

1975


1976

1978

1979

1980




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