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  • DavidDavid Member Posts: 10,163 admin
    Nice looking poster
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  • HONDOHONDO Member, Wizard of Aus Posters Posts: 7,571 ✭✭✭✭✭ Elite Collector
    edited August 2016

           Film # 43.

    Demons Of The Mind ( 1972 ). A British film.

    Banned by the Australian Censor in July 1972 because of excessive violence. MGM/BEF Film Distributors unsuccessfully appealed to the Review Board in August 1972.

    Never released theatrically in Australia but passed by the New Zealand censors and released over there. See daybill printed in Australian for the New Zealand release above.

    Finally passed for public exhibition in Australia for Videotape screenings in November 1984 with an M rating, given for violence and horror. Released on video in Australia in 1985. Later released in 2005 in Australia on DVD.

    Television screenings in Australia ( if any ) unknown.

    Lawrence
  • HONDOHONDO Member, Wizard of Aus Posters Posts: 7,571 ✭✭✭✭✭ Elite Collector
    edited August 2016

                                                                                        Film # 44.

    Black Market Babies ( 1945 ). From the U.S.A.

    Banned by the Australian censor in 1946 on violence grounds.

    A poverty row film from Monogram Pictures and no further information has been found after this time regarding any screenings In Australia in any format since then.

    The film was released on DVD-R in the U.S.A. on June 11, 2013, being part of the Warner Archive Collection.



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    Lawrence
  • HONDOHONDO Member, Wizard of Aus Posters Posts: 7,571 ✭✭✭✭✭ Elite Collector

     

          Film # 45.

    Man With Two Lives ( 1942 ). From the U.S.A.

    Banned by the Australian Censor in 1941 on horror grounds.

    Another poverty row Monogram Pictures production and no further information has been found at this time regarding any screenings in any format since then.

    The film has been released in the U.S.A. on DVD  by the public domain distributor Alpha Video.

    Lawrence
  • HONDOHONDO Member, Wizard of Aus Posters Posts: 7,571 ✭✭✭✭✭ Elite Collector

    Film # 46. Images # 46a, 46b & 46c.

    Prison Ship ( 1945 ). A Columbia Picture from the U.S.A.

    Banned by the Australian Censor in 1946 on violence grounds. 

    No further information found at this time of this film regarding any screenings in Australia in any format.

    The film is available in the U.S.A. on DVD-R format through unofficial sources, claiming the film is in Public Domain.



    Lawrence
  • HONDOHONDO Member, Wizard of Aus Posters Posts: 7,571 ✭✭✭✭✭ Elite Collector
    edited November 2016

                                    Film # 47. Images 47a, 47b & 47c.  

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Jungle Captive ( 1945 ). A Universal Picture from the U.S.A.    

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Banned by the Australian censor in 1945 on horror grounds.

    No information found at this time of the film being screened in Australia on any format since the  original banning.

    Released on VHS as an official Universal release in 1998 in the U.S.A. No official DVD or Blu Ray release but unofficial copies are available on DVD-r, which appear to have been sourced from the Universal VHS material.

    Lawrence
  • HONDOHONDO Member, Wizard of Aus Posters Posts: 7,571 ✭✭✭✭✭ Elite Collector
     Multiple James Cagney titles, Mae West, John Steinbeck, Joan Crawford, Dead End Kids, Ronald Reagan, marihuana exploitation title & multiple films featuring babies plus more still to follow.
    Lawrence
  • HONDOHONDO Member, Wizard of Aus Posters Posts: 7,571 ✭✭✭✭✭ Elite Collector
                                                                                                                   Film # 48.  Klondike Annie ( 1936 ). A Paramount Picture from the U.S.A. Banned in Australia in 1936. No further information found on any screenings in Australia since the banning in any format. Has been released on DVD  in the U.S.A.
    Lawrence
  • HONDOHONDO Member, Wizard of Aus Posters Posts: 7,571 ✭✭✭✭✭ Elite Collector

     Film # 49. Invisible Ghost ( 1941 ). A Monogram Picture from the U.S.A. Banned in Australia in 1941 on horror grounds, No further information found on any screenings in Australia since the banning in any format. This poverty row production is now in public domain and various DVD editions are available  but the Roan Group version is reported to be the best version available to purchase.

    Lawrence
  • HONDOHONDO Member, Wizard of Aus Posters Posts: 7,571 ✭✭✭✭✭ Elite Collector

    Film # 50. 8 Girls in a Boat ( 1934 ). A Paramount Picture from the U.S.A. This Pre-code drama film was banned in Australia in 1934 on sex grounds. With an unwed mother to be and heaps of female form it apparently was too much for the censors of the day to allow their fellow Australians to view this one. No further information found on any screenings in Australia since the banning in any format. Availability to obtain this film it seems is only in unofficial DVR-r version. The reason for this rarity may be because it has do with the following. From IMDB trivia - '' One of over 700 Paramount Productions, filmed between 1929 and 1949, which were sold to MCA/Universal in 1958 for television distribution, and have been owned and controlled by Universal ever since. However, because of legal complications, this particular title was not included in the original television package and may not  have ever been televised.'' Also from IMDB trivia "Despite this film itself being a remake of Acht  Madels Im Boot (1932 ), producer Cohen wanted to replicate the critical success of Madchen In Uniform ( 1931 ). In studio memos, he described wanting the feel of this film to be the same as Leontine Sagan's controversial opus.''  Notice the U.K. poster of 8 Girls In A Boat a little more suggestive compared to the other three U.S. posters.


    Lawrence
  • HONDOHONDO Member, Wizard of Aus Posters Posts: 7,571 ✭✭✭✭✭ Elite Collector
                                                                                                                                  Film # 51. Of Mice And Men ( 1939 ). Produced by the Hal Roach Studios and released by United Artists. Banned in Australia in 1940 on sex and violence grounds. The censor eventually passed the film for exhibition and it was released in Australia on the 12th January 1955 by Snider And Dean Theatres Pty.Ltd., who were listed as the Australian distributor. I believe only limited bookings would have occurred and no Australian posters have been found that I am .
    Lawrence
  • HONDOHONDO Member, Wizard of Aus Posters Posts: 7,571 ✭✭✭✭✭ Elite Collector
    edited January 2017

                                                                                                                                               

    Coming next multiple James Cagney films that were banned.

    Lawrence
  • theartofmovieposterstheartofmovieposters Member Posts: 3,773 ✭✭✭✭✭ Elite Collector
  • HONDOHONDO Member, Wizard of Aus Posters Posts: 7,571 ✭✭✭✭✭ Elite Collector
    edited January 2017
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   From a 30 March, 1938 Australian newspaper. In light of Cagney's box office drawing power Warner Brothers executives must have been livid when four of his movies were originally banned in Australia, and they thought about the large box office takings they would miss out on.  More details on the films involved coming soon. 
    Lawrence
  • HONDOHONDO Member, Wizard of Aus Posters Posts: 7,571 ✭✭✭✭✭ Elite Collector
    edited January 2017

                               

                                                                                         The Roaring Twenties ( 1939 ). Three James Cagney films that were banned and denied screenings in Australia will be featured on this thread soon, but before this takes place a brief mention about The Roaring Twenties. Originally it was banned in Australia, but soon after was released in early 1940 after heavy cuts were made to the film. Before the banning of all horror films in Australia started in 1948, it appears that the Australian censor took a dislike in the 1930's and 1940's  to American gangster films.

    Lawrence
  • HONDOHONDO Member, Wizard of Aus Posters Posts: 7,571 ✭✭✭✭✭ Elite Collector
    edited January 2017

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        G Men ( 1935 ). This film was banned in Australia, but the exact date of the banning is unknown, but most likely to have happened in 1935. To the best of my knowledge it was never released theatrically in Australia at any time. 

    There was a re-release in the U.S.A. in 1949, then following in other parts of the world, but not in Australia for whatever reason. This leads one to ponder if the film was submitted and banned a second time, or possibly it was decided for whatever reason not to plan a re-release for Australia.

    Some interesting facts about the re-release version of G-Men that I viewed on TCM Australian some years ago.

    ''Most prints of this film include a brief prologue added at the beginning of the 1949 re-release ( on the FBI's 25th anniversary ). This scene depicts a senior agent ( played by David Brian ) introducing a screening of the film to a group of FBI recruits so that they may learn about the Bureau's history.'' ( Wikipedia source ). 

    The prologue version I viewed is the one TCM screened and is possibly the only existing form the film is screened in today. The print screened was a beautiful looking print that I remember well, as it was far and away superior to the majority of film prints being screened on TCM at that time. 

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    Lawrence
  • HONDOHONDO Member, Wizard of Aus Posters Posts: 7,571 ✭✭✭✭✭ Elite Collector
    edited January 2017
    Regarding The Fly ( 1958 ) that I covered earlier on this thread, I recently opened up a new thread titled ''Horrible, in more ways than one, Major 20th Century Fox error in judgement''. As this thread hasn't been viewed many times I thought perhaps for anyone that  may be interested in The Fly and hasn't visited this thread, I am informing you of it's existence on the off chance you may wish to check it out.
    Lawrence
  • theartofmovieposterstheartofmovieposters Member Posts: 3,773 ✭✭✭✭✭ Elite Collector
    Been sick...so only on briefly of late, let me go see!
  • HONDOHONDO Member, Wizard of Aus Posters Posts: 7,571 ✭✭✭✭✭ Elite Collector

      January 6, 1940.

    Film # 54. Each Dawn I Die ( 1939 ). Banned in Australia in 1939 on violence grounds and never released theatrically in Australia. The other two films mentioned in the newspaper report, A Child Is Born and Hell's Kitchen will be covered at a later time, along with another James Cagney film which will be the next film to be featured here.

    Lawrence
  • HONDOHONDO Member, Wizard of Aus Posters Posts: 7,571 ✭✭✭✭✭ Elite Collector

     Film # 55. The Fighting 69th. ( 1940 ). Banned in Australia in 1940 on violence grounds and never released theatrically in Australia. The above newspaper clipping from 1940.

    Lawrence
  • HONDOHONDO Member, Wizard of Aus Posters Posts: 7,571 ✭✭✭✭✭ Elite Collector

     January 6, 1940  #56#57

    Hell's Kitchen & A Child Is Born ( both 1939 ). Hell's Kitchen banned in Australia in 1939 on violence grounds and A Child Is Born was also banned in 1939 for undetermined reasons, but most likely to have been for ''against the public's interest''. To the best of my knowledge both films were never released theatrically in Australia.

    Lawrence
  • HONDOHONDO Member, Wizard of Aus Posters Posts: 7,571 ✭✭✭✭✭ Elite Collector

     1936.

    # 58. Klondike Annie ( 1936 ). Banned by the Australian censor in 1936 on sex grounds and never released theatrically in Australia to the best of my knowledge.


    Lawrence
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  • HONDOHONDO Member, Wizard of Aus Posters Posts: 7,571 ✭✭✭✭✭ Elite Collector
    edited July 2017

     # 59                                                                                                                                                                                                  #60

    Don't Turn 'Em loose ( 1936 ) and We're Only Human (1935 ), both from RKO, were banned in Australia in 1936. From IMDB trivia regarding the U.S. release of We're Only Human. ''The preview running time was 80 minutes, indicating considerable editing occurred before the movie was released.'' After the film was reduced in running time pre-release from 80 minutes to 69 minutes, the film in this trimmed version, was still apparently considered unsuitable for Australian audiences to see. To the best of my knowledge both films never received theatrical releases in Australia.

    Lawrence
  • HONDOHONDO Member, Wizard of Aus Posters Posts: 7,571 ✭✭✭✭✭ Elite Collector

    #61 is Applause ( 1929 ). Banned in Australia in 1930 on sex and chorus girl grounds. The film frankly depicts the tawdy backstage of a burlesque house. To the best of my knowledge the film was never released theatrically in Australia. In 1977 the film received a screening by The National Film Theatre Of Australia ( NFTA ) in Sydney, NSW,

    From Filmnews Sydney NSW, 1November, 1977. 

    Lawrence
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