Condemned by the Legion of Decency

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This is a list of films condemned by the Legion of Decency, a United States Catholic organization, and its successor (from 1965), the National Catholic Office for Motion Pictures. The condemned (or C) rating was issued from the time of the Legion's formation in 1933 until 1978, when the C rating and the B rating were merged into the new O ("morally offensive") rating. In 1980, the NCOMP film office was shut down, along with the biweekly Review, which had published ratings on 16,251 feature films.

The Legion's ratings were applied to movies made in the United States (which were subject to the Production Code until 1967) as well as those imported from other countries. Beginning in 1968, the ratings were applied in addition to any rating assigned by the MPAA film rating system.

Legion-organized boycotts made a C rating harmful to a film's distribution and profitability. Accordingly, for the majority of years that the rating was applied, most condemned films were made outside of the United States, where their producers didn't have as much to fear from the condemnation. Of the 53 movies the Legion had placed on its condemned list by 1943, only Howard Hughes' The Outlaw came from a major US studio, and it had not been approved by the Production Code or distributed widely.

Despite rumors to the contrary, Elia Kazan's A Streetcar Named Desire and Billy Wilder's The Seven Year Itch did not receive C ratings. Rather, Kazan's film was cut by 4 minutes to avoid condemnation, while Wilder's film had to cut scenes from the original play to be approved by Legion of Decency. [wikipedia]

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    Baby Face

    1933, in 2 top lists Check
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    The Barbarian

    1933 — a.k.a. A Night in Cairo, in 0 top lists Check
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    Blondie Johnson

    1933, in 0 top lists Check
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    Blood Money

    1933, in 0 top lists Check
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    Day of Reckoning

    1933, in 0 top lists Check
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    Design for Living

    1933, in 3 top lists Check
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    Ekstase

    1933 — a.k.a. Ecstasy, in 5 top lists Check
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    The Emperor Jones

    1933, in 2 top lists Check
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    Flying Down to Rio

    1933, in 2 top lists Check
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    La fusée

    1933 — a.k.a. Grandeur and Decadence, in 0 top lists Check
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    I'm No Angel

    1933, in 2 top lists Check
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    International House

    1933, in 0 top lists Check
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    Lady Killer

    1933, in 1 top list Check
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    Man's Castle

    1933, in 3 top lists Check
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    Queen Christina

    1933, in 3 top lists Check
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    Roman Scandals

    1933, in 0 top lists Check
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    She Done Him Wrong

    1933, in 7 top lists Check
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    The Song of Songs

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    The Story of Temple Drake

    1933, in 0 top lists Check
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    This Day and Age

    1933, in 0 top lists Check
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    Wild Boys of the Road

    1933 — a.k.a. Dangerous Days, in 2 top lists Check
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    The Women in His Life

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    All of Me

    1934, in 0 top lists Check
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    Belle of the Nineties

    1934, in 0 top lists Check
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    The Big Shakedown

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    Bolero

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    Fashions of 1934

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    Finishing School

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    Four Frightened People

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    Gambling Lady

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    George White's Scandals

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    The Life of Vergie Winters

    1934, in 0 top lists Check
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    Madame Du Barry

    1934, in 0 top lists Check
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    Mandalay

    1934, in 0 top lists Check
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    Manhattan Love Song

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    Men in White

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    Midnight

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    Murder at the Vanities

    1934, in 0 top lists Check
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    Nana

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    One More River

    1934 — a.k.a. Over the River, in 0 top lists Check
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    Palooka

    1934 — a.k.a. The Great Schnozzle, in 0 top lists Check
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    Riptide

    1934, in 0 top lists Check
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    The Scarlet Empress

    1934, in 11 top lists Check
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    Search for Beauty

    1934, in 0 top lists Check
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    Success at Any Price

    1934, in 0 top lists Check
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    This Man Is Mine

    1934, in 0 top lists Check
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    The Trumpet Blows

    1934 — a.k.a. The Trumpet Calls, in 0 top lists Check
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    Two Alone

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    West of the Divide

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    Wharf Angel

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