Code was adopted by The Motion Picture Producers and Distributors of America who
were trying to prevent government censorship of the medium. Until the late 1960's
the code was to dramatically restrict the depiction of sex, crime, religion, violence,
and other controversial subjects.
Production Code demanded that no film should:
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."
drug trafficking, "sex perversion", profanity, clergy members as comic
characters / villains, and the portrayal of interracial relationships were all
Code would be amended to allow more sexual content in 1966, but restricted violence
further. The movie rating system, which abolished the code, began in 1968.