At least in public â¦
It was the dawn of the infamous Hays Code, but if you're thinking of a ratings board, think again. Warning that those "who may find themselves the center of a scandalous story in the press" are "writing their own ticket of farewell to the screen," Variety reported that offenders wouldn't be loudly or even quietly condemned or punished.
Called the "silent system," Variety ominously noted that "no written notice is sent out to an undesirable." However, the biz bitchslap would be heard loud and clear when "the player finds that suddenly all demand has ceased among the regular line filmmakers. Turning to the independent producers the repudiated player learns that freelancing is precarious, with a lesser salary and bare prominence."
Hmmmm â¦ Like going from starring in pictures for Disney and Paramount to co-starring with porn actors in Internet-distribbed films with $300k budgets?
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