RARA-AVIS: Re: James M. Cain

From: jacquesdebierue ( jacquesdebierue@yahoo.com)
Date: 01 Oct 2007

--- In rara-avis-l@yahoogroups.com, "Lawrence Coates" <coatesl@...> wrote:
> I've heard that all the drinking, at least in the movie versions of
The Thin Man, was a
> substitute for the sex that would have been censored out.

Lawrence, what do you know about censorship (self-imposed, implicit or overtly enforced) in the pulps of the twenties and thirties? That's something I've often wondered about. As some here know, I have a sweet tooth for the cruder forms of the pulps (not just crime pulps) and sometimes I wonder how those writers (Bellem, for example, and not only in the spicy pulps) got away with publishing certain things that more respectable American novelists couldn't say and that American film-makers absolutely could not show or sometimes even suggest.



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