Firing Line with William F. Buckley Jr. “Censorship and the Production Code”

Firing Line Videos, Hoover Institution, taped on April 10, 1967, uploaded to YouTube on August 13, 2010.

Guest: Otto Preminger


A discussion of artistic freedom and censorship with a leading producer, one of whose films (The Moon Is Blue) had run into trouble with the Motion Picture Production Code. A spirited discussion with a man who, despite the modern-Americanness of his films (including Anatomy of a Murder and The Man with the Golden Arm), retains, however unpresciently, an Old World sense of the order of things: “I have said that an immoral film could not be successful. I think there is morality built into any dramatic medium, whether it’s a play or a television show. You cannot mention one successful play or film where the bad principle won.”