By Dave Hughes, Lee Brimmicombe-Wood

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35 Like that of Pennsylvania’s law, the language of Maryland’s statute, passed in 1916, was negative. And, like the other boards, Maryland charged distributors a fee for the privilege of having a film examined. In practice, all the state boards turned hefty profits for their state treasuries. Through World War II, New York’s censor board never earned less than $58,000 annually, with one year’s (1939) overage hitting $200,000 (nearly $3 million today). Tapping some revenue from the new, highly profitable film industry may have been the extra incentive legislators needed when deciding whether to answer the call from their constituents of the moral guardian persuasion.

46 But it was done. The loss of New York State and its important market to the procensorship forces was a major blow to the movie moguls. It caused them to dissolve the ineffective NAMPI; create a new industry trade group, the Motion Picture Producers and Distributors of America (MPPDA);47 and hire a new leader, Will Hays, to rally the industry against more governmental censorship. ” This 1921 statute required any commercially exhibited film to be approved by either the National Board of Review or by the New York State motion picture censors.

The company decided to take legal action. Aitken was clearly worried that censorship would spread to every state. “It would be nearly impossible to run a film distribution concern profitably,” he complained. ”6 In a gutsy display of corporate defiance, Mutual filed suit against all three states as well as the City of Chicago. 7 Mutual’s case against Pennsylvania foreshadowed many of the later film censorship challenges. 8 Since film reels were manufactured outside Pennsylvania and shipped into the state in their original containers, Mutual argued, they should be subject only to regulation under the federal government’s interstate commerce powers.

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