Shutterstock: 50000 parochial school member and upper grade students members of the 'National Legion of Decency.' By Everett Historical

The Legion of Decency Is Created

By April 10, 1934

To monitor motion picture compliance with the Production Code, American Catholics create the Legion of Decency to review films for wholesomeness and to mobilize mass action against movies. More than 7 million people pledged not to patronize theaters that played non-Legion-approved movies. Such pledges were repeated annually for years.