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Violent youth: The censoring and public reception of The Wild One and The Blackboard Jungle


At a time of transition for the Production Code Administration, Hollywood’s self-regulatory censor body, a number of films pushed permissible boundaries regarding profanity and violence. Drawing on material from Production Code files, this paper discusses problems involved in the production and release of two films notorious for their depiction of violence and delinquency, The Wild One (Columbia, 1953) and The Blackboard Jungle (MGM, 1955).