The Hays Code Started on This Date

1922 editorial cartoon by Cy Hungerford illustrating the perception that Hays was coming to rescue the movie industry.

1922 editorial cartoon by Cy Hungerford illustrating the perception that Hays was coming to rescue the movie industry.

On this date in 1930, the Motion Picture Production Code, more commonly called the Hays Code, started. The code, which was started by Will H. Hays, imposed strict guidelines on what was and was not acceptable in motion pictures. For the next 38 years, the Hays Code ensure that the depiction of sex, crime, religion, and violence were heavily monitored.

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