- Sep 2011
And do you know they paid William Hays more than $100,000 a year for his part?I have a biography on Fatty Arbuckle and the origin of the Hayes Code. It's a fascinating part of film history.
Thanks for the Louise Brooks recommendation!
He was a Postmaster General, and at the time the moguls figured it was better if they set up their own censor than have the govt do it.
Also, at the time each state had their own censorship standards which made it almost impossible to get a film to conform to all of them.
One of the first to get around the system was DeMille... he said "If they want sermons I'll give it to them!" and started his Biblical epochs, complete with all the associated sin and debauchery...