the mid 1950's, society's values were liberalizing and the Hayes Code (named after
William H Hays, the former US postmaster general), in force since 1930, was seen
as too restrictive.
1930 act aimed to prevent any film being made which was believed to:
the standards of those who see it. Hence, the sympathy of the audience should
never be thrown to the side of crime, wrongdoing, evil, or sin."
this change, actors would be able to mention abortion, drugs, kidnapping, and
prostitution for the first time.
original 1930 code was introduced in an attempt to avoid government censorship.
It disallowed films showing the clergy in comic or villainous roles, or any form
of interracial relationships.
years later, 'Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf' became the first movie to use profanity
on the big screen.