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
Did You Know?
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
Hello there. I'm George Putnam. I'd like to begin with a fact, a simple yet shocking fact. It is this - a floodtide of filth is engulfing our country in the form of newsstand obscenity and is threatening to pervert an entire generation of our American children.
The opening credits say "with George Putnam, outstanding news reporter" See more
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