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Adulterous picture-plays

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27 June 2014

June 26th, 1914.

ADVOCATES of the extension of divorce are prolific in devices for the advance of their propaganda. At one time they make the utmost use of the Press by exploiting some unhappy marriage for the purpose of pointing the moral that divorce and remarriage are the remedy for such a case. This device having become somewhat stale, they have resorted to another, which threatens to be more effective than the use of the correspondence columns of a newspaper. We learn that a large number of cinematograph plays has been imported from America, having for their object the visual portrayal of the miseries resulting from ill-assorted unions, and the happiness attained through the relief afforded by the Divorce Court. Apart from the question of divorce, the plays are said, in some cases, to be of more than doubtful morality, and certainly not fit for the juvenile audiences on which the picture-theatres very largely depend for their support. It is easy to foresee the result of accustoming children and young people to the spectacle of separated wives and husbands and their subsequent adulterous contracts. In the next generation there will not be left a shred of regard for the sanctity of marriage. We are glad to find that this regard is not yet extinct among the spectators of picture-plays of the kind to which we are referring. At a recent exhibition, we are informed, the play was received in dead silence by the company present. This speaks volumes for their good taste and decent feelings but it does not exonerate the exhibitors from the offence of helping to demoralize the people whom they attract to their shows. A rigid censorship is needed for these entertainments. . .

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