Independent from Long Beach, California on February 16, 1968 · Page 32
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ARE OTHER CRITERIA BESIDES 'OBSCENITY' VALID? INDEPENDENT (AM) Justices Ponder Broad Censorship Issue the conslilulioniil guaran- Ices of free speech and frqe press are diminished when PRESS-TELEGRAM (PMl-C- » Urn Baaih, C.III, Frltti, Mk. m: Iff applied lo material or Ideas' that are to be disseminated lo young people. By BOSLEY GROWTH ER New York Times Service ' NEW YORK -- Will classification of motion pictures by municipal, state or federal agencies, already practiced in Dallas, Chicago and several smaller com- ,munities, become the new : way of censoring movies in ithis now virtually censor- UUFLOWER MUI1T (Mrtllf ltl» Tl Mill . "IfRIEIK" ' "HHIIl" DOWNEr NOKWXLK HIULTl, IHID Tl I-IIII "HAWAII" -- :. »iit..i ». IT« -- "FITZ WILM" II* MIIII, Imtj : W« Mill "» III OF .ALL 11*1111" Illia Illl arf ll«l P.M. III««IX milk III-I1TI Illl--"JtlllU Illl" "IIIILII, LIIEIIMI IOUIM" SAN PEDRO free medium?'This question is thought by knowledgeable lawyers lo be hanging at the moment in the U.S. Supreme Court, where the constitutionality of classification, as it has been enforced in'Dallas'for the past two years, is being decided. If Ihe decision in this case, which was argued in Washington on Jan. 16, should go againsl the motion-picture interests that are challenging the Dallas ordinance, then a flood of similar classification measures is expected to burst forth in city councils and s t a t e legislatures where previous attempts to get them passed have been held up, mostly because of apprehension as to their constitutionality. There are two general kinds of classification. The first, voluntary classifica- tion,-has long been practiced by various private and institutional organizations. ' Voluntary. classification has no enforcement. It consists solely of recommendations made for the guidance of adults, parents and others as to the suitability of films, especially for children, on moral and psycho-, logical grounds. It is generally regarded as valid and valuable -- at least, in principle -- just as criticism is. · The second kind, compulsory classification, is decided and administered by an agency empowered by statute whose decisions as to suitability are enforced in Ihe theaters by law. This is the kind imposed by the Dallas ordinance. * * * + IN DALLAS it is illegal for a theater lo admit any person under 16 (unless ac- SOFT-SELL SAM ITIIII, Illl It. NiltH Tl I-IIII "IIIIUT IUIDLE IF THIN All" TORMNCE UIITII AITIITt ITE-llIt "TO UK, WITH LOU" "IHIIHIII TIME" IIUIII KILL! Ill-llll · - "A ·*· BF AIL IIAIDMI" Ikiwi 1 iri lill P.M. WILMINGTON IUIUA ·»'«" · "WKO't ¥111111 THI HIIT1" "THI MIL Mil" Ll Kln AliHn, Flrtlt.lt Ill-Ill.! "TO 111, WITH LIVE" · "fit! HILL!" Hill P»««t. HI! I Mil HIM Tl STUL A HIUIII" "WAT . . . W(T GUI" THIS i$ w my FAVORS mm HOLE.'" companicd by a parent, legal guardian or spouse) to see a-film that its distributor or a classification board of 10 members appointed by the city council has decided is u n s u i t a b l e for young people. It is also illegal to show a film that has not been classified. The penally for violation in each instance can be a $200 fine. The objection in the Dallas ordinance, insofar as motion-picture interests are concerned, is that it imposes too extensive and debatable criteria of suitability for young people. It is also discriminatory toward motion pictures shown in theaters, the movie interests feel, while it imposes no c o n t r o l over films shown on television. In previous cases having to do with the constitutionality of pre-release censorship of films, the Supreme Court has whittled down the permissible grounds to one objection -- obscenity. And it has so sternly demanded demonstration of prurient purpose, and so rigidly called for swift judicial r e v i e w , that the maintenance o f censor boards to judge this one objection has been abandoned in ir.nsl slates and cities that previously had such boards. In the Dallas ordinance, however, not only obscenity but also numerous other specifications are cited to render a film unsuitable for showing to young people. "Describing or portraying brutality, criminal violence or depravity in such a manner as lo be likely .to encourage crime or delin- quency" is regarded as sufficient for classifying a film as unsuitable. * * * .* LIKEWISE, "describing or portraying nudity beyond the customary limits of candor in the community, or sexual promiscuity or extramarital or abnormal sexual relations in such a manner as lo be likely to encourage delinquency or sexual promiscuity" is considered u n s u i t a b l e for youth. Thus, Louis Nizer, in pleading before the court on behalf of United Artists, whose film "Viva Maria" had been found unsuitable by the Dallas board, argued that the ordinance is invalid because it sets up standards other than obscenity. Alex Bickley, the city attorney of Dallas, defended the ordinance as a means of accomplishing "an overriding public interest in the proleclion of youth." The issue, according to legal aulhorilies, is whether MATADOR ROOM .A Dfninf Adcm/urf CLUB SEVILLE Coclttent Di'nfnf Enlrriainmtnt CABARET CO-GO ' Fm vtlht Siv ·ni-im 7 FIUDUAN WAT ANJUIEIM GRAND HOTEL V0B LUNCK OVFH THE-BIUBCE STOP BY PKPPV'S S*rv«J Daily II A.M. to 4 f.M. $125 · UP 584 W. KlaUh St E3F«r RtMnaflm CLIFFHD A. UCXJUKE, Pria. hmulr l UK Suit**: In PIIMII INVITES YOU to the GRAND OPENING of the MONDAY THROUGH SATURDAY LOBSTERLAND t SEAFOOD RESTAURANT FEB. 23 ComMIt IIM rt Enttra MTVtd Ml IIH taKk «T limtT. 11 A.M. U H P.M., Ctaud Man IEIR aid WINE COMPTON 6)1-2095 4410 E. ALONDIA ILVD. 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A third Kerkorian brother, Kirk, is landlord at Cae-' sars Palace, owner of. the ? lamingo Hotel, and also .is developing the $81-million fnternational · Hotel near tie Las Vegas Convention Center. * * * + A TOTAL of $42 million In loans would come from the Bank of Las Vegas and participating, lending institutions. The G a m i n g Control Board put numerous conditions on the gambling license. It would expire next Dec. 31, major casino personnel must meet approval of the state, and lending institutions participating in the loans with'the Bank of Las Vegas also must re- .ceive approval of slate gaming agencies. The. group ' seeking to c o n s t r u e t .the resort is headed by Jay Sarno, an executive at 'Caesars Palace. Samp said he hoped lo have the new hotel, to b« located across the Slrip from the Riviera al Keno Lane, opened by August or September. · SARNO has said Ihe Circus-Circus will have the largest casino in Nevada. 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