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The Hays Code Explained: History of Hollywood’s Hays Code

Written by the MasterClass staff

Last updated: Feb 25, 2022 • 3 min read

To receive a seal of approval by the Motion Picture Producers and Distributors of America (MPPDA) during the mid-twentieth century, filmmakers had to comply with a set of principles known as the Hays Code. Learn more about what the Hays Code banned and why the code was eventually phased out.