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Perversion for Profit (1965)

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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 ... 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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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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10 October 2009 | by (Claremont,USA) – See all my reviews

The first 5 minutes and I thought this must be from the McCarthyite early 1950's, when the Communist menace spread like an ink blot across the map, and every New Deal liberal had an FBI tail. But, no-- It's 1965, and thanks to a liberal Supreme Court, sexual explicitness is spreading to magazines and, horror of horrors, to neighborhood news stands. So the same folks who brought us the McCarthy purges must again swing into action against this newest assault on God, country, and the missionary position. After all, these self- appointed watchdogs are well practiced in the art of subversion—of the First Amendment, that is.

No need to repeat consensus points made by others. The logic of this 60-minute screed is indeed puerile and on the order of "If you like hamburger, you'll love cannibalism". But then, the script was never intended as an appeal to reason; it's meant to rally those already believing that any kind of sex outside monogamous marriage and man-on-top is not only wrong, but just plain evil, and a "threat to the American Way". Of course, it doesn't hurt, as the Bible well knew, to provide a little titillation along with the righteous sermon to keep all those nodding heads awake.

But these folks know what they're doing. Like fundamentalists of all stripes, they know that if you control a person's sex life, you control the person. Putnam gives away the game in the last 5-minutes, which stresses the significance of a tightly regulated sex life to our God- ordained right-wing American society. In short, Hugh Hefner is not just an evil pornographer, he's downright un-American and a threat to the family, and so much for the First Amendment and the rest of us. Thanks be to TMC for reviving this curiosity, for these forces are still among us, going by the name of Falwell, Robertson, and Roman Catholic conservatives, among others. They may have lost the 1965 battle, but the Word of God is absolute, and so, unfortunately for our democracy, are their beliefs.

(In passing—those of us living in LA and of a certain age are quite familiar with the late George Putnam. Regrettably, he anchored a local news show for many years, where he pontificated nightly in the same pompously self-righteous manner as this 1965 diatribe, that is, until the Nixon scandals, among others, undid his credibility. Perhaps most revealing, he was the inspiration for the smugly vacuous Ted Baxter newsman on the old Mary Tyler Moore TV show. You know, the silver-haired guy who was clueless to everything but his own ego. How appropriate.)


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