Americans today are inherently against censorship as it violates our right to free speech. But what if censorship did not exist in any form? Our culture and society would be vastly different; sex, nudism, and murder everywhere. In the 1930s, censorship arose in the film industry. Rather than facing government regulation, film proprietors developed a form of censorship that they could control on their own terms. Films changed in order to meet the new standards of “decency.” So-called evil things such as sex and crime could still be portrayed in movies but they could not be as blatant and good always had to win in the end. As we saw in class, the comedy changed as a whole. Before the codes arose, comedies served to tear down the common American values such as family, success, and freedom. The Fatal Glass of Beer, which is definitely the funniest (and weirdest) example of comedy that we viewed in class, focused on tearing apart the ideal family. When the decency codes came about, comedies sought to build up and bring together. It Happened One Night brought the classes together by pairing a rich girl with a down-and-out guy in a cliche story that parallels TItanic. Although we view censorship as an evil entity, maybe it is a necessary evil. Some of the most well known classic films were produced in the 30s such as Gone With The Wind, The Wizard of Oz, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, and The Adventures of Robin Hood, adhered to the “codes of decency.” Even though the development of censorship in the film industry complicated and changed things, amazing films were still produced throughout the decade that attracted vast audiences.