TCM is Showing 27 Movies Condemned by the Catholic Legion of Decency

Jane Russell in The Outlaw (1943)
Jane Russell in The Outlaw (1943)

With all manner of depravity available at our fingertips, it’s easy to forget how difficult it once was to see films suppressed for their suggestive content. Turner Classic Movies is presenting a month-long festival of 27 pictures condemned by the Catholic Legion of Decency between 1933 and 1980 hosted by Sister Rose Pacatte, a nun from Culver City. I guess the Hays Code wasn’t stringent enough for these folks. Movies like Breathless and Blow Up have been familiar titles at art house theaters since they were first released. The films run late (from 8 p.m. until dawn), in case the one youngster who still watches broadcast television is flipping through the channels. If your personal morality can handle the temptations of Jane Russell, Elizabeth Taylor, and Marlon Brando then get ready for some old-time sinning every Thursday in March.

Thursday, March 3
The Story of Temple Drake (1933)
Black Narcissus (1947)
Design For Living (1933)
The Outlaw (1943)
Baby Face (1933)
Wild Boys of the Road (1933)

Thursday, March 10
M (1951)
The French Line (1954)
And God Created Woman (1956)
Untamed Youth (1957)
Breathless (1960)

Thursday, March 17
Viridiana (1961)
Kiss Me, Stupid (1964)
Blow Up (1966)
Never on Sunday (1960)
Reflections in a Golden Eye (1967)

Thursday, March 24
The Carey Treatment (1972)
The Competition (1980)
Those Lips, Those Eyes (1980)
Lemora, A Child’s Take of the Supernatural (1973)
Ice Castles (1978)

Thursday, March 31
The Moon is Blue (1953)
Baby Doll (1956)
L’Amore (1948)
Strange Cargo (1940)
Rififi (1954)
Love in the Afternoon (1957)