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Perversion for Profit (1965)

Unrated | | Documentary, Short
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 ... See full summary »

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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: 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.
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Sexual McCarthyism
14 June 2012 | by (Toronto, Canada) – See all my reviews

Presented and narrated by veteran newscaster and later right-wing pundit George Putnam and funded by fraudster/anti-porn crusader Charles Keating this production is what is often described as the "Reefer Madness of Porn". Various ludicrous postulates of the most alarmist nature are asserting as facts.

The censorship brigade which by the time this was shot and cut likely shared membership lists with the Temperance Union and other flaky outfits was probably horrified enough to get them to watch this silliness over and over.

Even a prude (I'm one of those guys who complains to convenience store owners about porn being in full or partial view of minors) like me was disturbed by the moral arrogance and conspiracy theorist-style paranoia not merely present in the actual production but the forces behind it's conception.

The idea of it all being subversive was of course absurd in most of the examples presented. But the attitude which at the time was so prevalent meant that it was an underground industry which mafiosi produced for massive profit financing other illegal enterprises. The notion that it was a gateway to depravity was only true because it had been driven underground into the clutches of organized crime.

Featured are Nudist magazines which were of course just pornography masquerading as lifestyle magazines - a silly pretense employed to vend porn which fooled no one. Along with that are muscle and fitness magazines which in some cases they really were just that but in other cases were openly gay erotica.

With it's virulently homophobic stance and junk science we get an idea of the not only of the kind of prudery so dominant before the Sexual Revolution but the kind of raging prejudice.

Keating, later convicted of fraud, racketeering and conspiracy used his public stance as defender of morality to hide behind. He testified before congress that he believed pornography was part of a communist conspiracy.

I'm only guessing that most of the money put up for this production was spent on Putnam's services. Shot inside an office with a map of the United States as backdrop and picture cards as props his voice and presence are the one aspect that aren't bush league.

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