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Does anyone know of a good book that discusses how the Code changed Hollywood and which provides examples of actual changes to films/scripts as a result of the Code?

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"The Censorship Papers" by Gerald Gardner (Dodd, Mead & Co. , 1987) is a compilation of, as the subtitle states "Movie Censorship Letters from the Hays Office, 19434 to 1968." Rather than a chronology, it divides its chapters into genre sections, i.e. Adventures, Musicals, Westerns, Crime, War, Monsters, etc. as well as specific cases, i.e. Chaplin, Mae West, The Marx Brothers, etc. It also has sections and appendices spelling out the code and lists of do's and don't's. It's a fascinating look into an industry's attempts at self-censorship. I highly recommend it.
The Dame in the Kimono: Hollywood, Censorship, and the Production Code by Leonard J. Leff and Jerold L. Simmons is a interesting and very readable account of the Hayes Commission, especially under Joe Breen's control. The book examines different Hollywood eras through the Commisssion's the application to of the Code to the most controversial films of the day. "Dead End," "The Postman Always Rings Twice," and "The Outlaw" are among a few discussed. I don't remember specifically if there were any script changes cited in the book, but it since the book does go into each film at length with regards to censorship there may be some examples cited. I also highly recommend this book to anyone who is interested in the Code and it's influence on film production.

Also thanks to Tim for his recommendation of The Censorship Papers. My university's library has a copy, and I plan to check it out over the holiday break.
Thanks! Those books sound very interesting. I've added both to my reading list.

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