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Perversion for Profit (1965)

Unrated | | Documentary, Short
This anti-porn short film shows a flood tide of filth engulfing the country in the form of newsstand obscenity.

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George Putnam narrates standing in front of a map of the U.S., using large title cards to establish each topic. He argues that moral decay is spreading in this country: pornography, smut peddlers, salacious magazines and paperback books, fetishists, corrupters of children, nudists, and homosexuals. The motive, profit - it's a $2 billion per year industry. He shows us a courtroom where a judge instructs a jury to uphold community standards: Putnam argues that the Constitution and U.S. law are on the side of decency. At the film's end, he answers the question "What can an individual do?" with six suggestions, including promoting good reading to children. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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The uncredited producer of this film, Charles Keating--the founder of an "anti-pornography" organization called Citizens for Decent Literature, which actually produced the film--was on President Richard Nixon's Presidential Commission on Obscenity and Pornography in 1969. He is the same Charles Keating who, as president of Lincoln Savings & Loan in the late 1980s, was convicted of multiple counts of wire fraud, racketeering and conspiracy due to his involvement in financial shenanigans which led to the collapse of Lincoln Savings, which ultimately cost the US government over $3 billion and which resulted in more than 23,000 depositors losing most or all of the money they had deposited in Lincoln Savings. He served 4-1/2 years in prison before being released in 1996. See more »


George Putnam: We know that once a person is perverted, it is practically impossible for that person to adjust to normal attitudes in regards sex.
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Judaeo–Christian diatribe on the evils of newsstand pornography (to say nothing of what is delivered in the U.S. mails!)
25 April 2009 | by See all my reviews

"A flood tide of filth is engulfing our country in the form of newsstand obscenity, and is threatening to pervert an entire generation of our American children!" So says 'reporter' George Putnam, who is not only upstanding but 'outstanding' as well! Putnam, a natty, well-dressed guy with Brylcreem in his hair, seems like the righteous sort of family man you might see volunteering as usher at your local parish. He uses amusing placards to warn us that magazine pornography (a two billion dollar a year business!) and other forms of filth reach 75-90% of our children (so much for that clever hiding space!) and that perversion is like an octopus reaching its tentacles out to the malt shop set--luring them into the insidious world of unnatural desires. "There are more than 800 distributors" peddling porn, and--no thanks to rapid transit and mass distribution--our children are being exposed to homosexuality at a faster rate than ever! Such dated naiveté is then accented with pulpy paperback covers and vintage sex rags which would go for big bucks today on eBay. One has to hand it to Putnam: he stands tall and holy, like a mighty Sequoia, putting emphasis on words like 'whips' and 'bestiality' with authoritative conviction. One can just imagine him hitting the local pub after the long film shoot, chatting up the neighborhood trollop and heading back to her place for a little R 'n R.

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