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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Coming next multiple James Cagney films that were banned.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
# 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.
# 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.
#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.
Film # 38.The Leather Boys ( 1964). A British film.Banned by the Australian censor in 1963 on homosexuality grounds.Never released theatrically in Australia to the best of my knowledge. The film was classified PG when passed for videotape screenings on the 4th of June, 1992. Television screenings in Australia ( if any ) unknown.Is available overseas on DVD.
Film # 38.
The Leather Boys ( 1964). A British film.
Banned by the Australian censor in 1963 on homosexuality grounds.
Never released theatrically in Australia to the best of my knowledge.
The film was classified PG when passed for videotape screenings on the 4th of June, 1992.
Television screenings in Australia ( if any ) unknown.
Is available overseas on DVD.