Thursday, September 28, 2017

Sense or Censor?

Since petals would float on the water,
He tossed in a villager's daughter.
The code disapproved.
The scene was removed,
And viewers inferred something fraughter.

Donald B. Benson

The Monster (Boris Karloff) and Little Maria (Marilyn Harris) in Frankenstein (James Whale; 1931) From Donald Benson: The monster befriends a small girl and they watch flower petals float on the lake. He tosses her in, expecting her to float as well. He's horrified when she doesn't. The scene was cut, so the next scene of the father carrying her body implies genuine evil.

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