New York State Censorship Board

The Motion Picture Division of the State of New York Education Department, also known variously as the New York State Censorship Board, New York Censor Board, and New York Board of Censors, was an organ of film censorship in the Pre-Code film era.[1]

The agency was created in 1921 as the New York State Motion Picture Commission and the first film it rejected in whole was the Lon Chaney crime film The Night Rose (1921),[2] which it condemned "as highly immoral and of such character that its exhibition would not only tend to corrupt morals, but to incite crime."[3] After a state court upheld the decision,[4] Goldwyn came to an agreement with the Commission and reedited the film, deleting most of the Chaney scenes, and released it in 1922 as Voices of the City.[2]

The board's activities ended in 1965.[5]

See also


  1. Kehr, Dave. "A Wanton Woman's Ways Revealed, 71 Years Later", New York Times 9 Jan. 2005.
  2. Anderson, Mark (2007). "Tempting Fate: Clara Smith Hamon, or, the Secretary as Producer". In Lewis, Jon; Smoodin, Eric (eds.). Looking Past the Screen: Case Studies in American Film History and Method. Duke University Press. p. 148, note 62. ISBN 978-0-8223-9013-8.
  3. "Goldwyn Demands Court See Feature: Object to Censors Throwing Out The Night Rose". Variety. New York City: Variety, Inc. 1921-11-04. p. 1. Retrieved 2017-06-10.
  4. "Appeal from Censor's Decision Denied". Variety. New York City: Variety, Inc. 1921-11-25. p. 1. Retrieved 2017-06-10.
  5. Andress, Richard. "Film Censorship in New York State". New York State Archives. Retrieved 27 February 2015.
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