Chapter 2. Sex and Censorship

The Wavering Walls of Jericho

  1. Linda Mizejewski

Published Online: 15 SEP 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9781444310153.ch2

It Happened One Night

It Happened One Night

How to Cite

Mizejewski, L. (2009) Sex and Censorship, in It Happened One Night, Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444310153.ch2

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 15 SEP 2009
  2. Published Print: 4 DEC 2009

Book Series:

  1. Wiley-Blackwell Studies in Film and Television

Book Series Editors:

  1. Diane Negra and
  2. Yvonne Tasker

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405173896

Online ISBN: 9781444310153



  • sex and censorship and the wavering walls of Jericho;
  • It Happened One Night;
  • Hays office and production code;
  • film industry and self-regulation with respect to sexual content;
  • It Happened One Night - social pressures toward stricter film censorship;
  • sexual experimentation outside of marriage;
  • second decade century, filmmakers - racy plots and sexy stars box office appeal;
  • Motion Picture Producers and Distributors Association (MPPDA);
  • censorship and power of “It”;
  • Ellie's transgression - clue to importance of romantic comedy for women


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • The Hays Office and the Production Code

  • Censorship and the Power of “It”

  • Constructing the Walls of Jericho

  • The Walls Tumble Down