Archive for Friday, October 15, 2010

100 years ago: Moving picture operators fined for displaying boxing film

October 15, 2010


From the Lawrence Daily World for Oct. 15, 1910:

“Massachusetts street was a perfect sea of fluttering Orange and Black this afternoon following the arrival of the Baker special with three hundred enthusiastic Methodist students. This afternoon the two elevens are battling stubbornly on McCook field in the first varsity game between the two schools in 15 years.... The Kansas University Medical school will be re-organized. Following an exhaustive discussion by twenty-five prominent physicians of the state yesterday, the Regents of the university took under advisement a plan to establish a clinical department at Kansas City, Kan.... Judge Clark returned a verdict of guilty this morning against the moving picture operators who exhibited the Nelson-Wolgast films here in defiance of the strict orders of the authorities. Yesterday in police court the city introduced competent evidence to show that the pictures were immoral and degrading. In handing down his decision, the court held that the films had been proven immoral and vicious and that the Kansas statutes made prize fighting or anything in connection with pugilistic encounters, a penitentiary offense. For this reason he felt justified in fining the defendants a nominal fine of $14.50 each.”


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