Freedman v. Maryland

In Freedman v. Maryland, the Supreme Court refuses to overturn Maryland’s film censorship statute entirely. The court also set out procedural requirements that place the burden of proof on the censors, not the theater owner.

A Baltimore theater owner brought this challenge to court in order to show the French film “La Jeune Folle,” also know as “Desperate Decisions” and “Revenge at Daybreak.”

The Motion Picture Association of America advised its members not to bother submitting films to any remaining state or municipal censorship boards soon after this decision.