Film Censorship Jan'60-Apr'70: G to L





Girl Who Knew Too Much

Directed by Francis D. Lyon / 1969 / USA / IMDb

Information provided by Shane Harrison from viewing of "Chipp's reel".
See database entry for THE BABYSITTER (1969) for background.
Censored footage 00:40

A fist fight.





Here We Go Round the Mulberry Bush

Directed by Clive Donner / 1968 / UK / IMDb

Original theatrical release was censored for a 'Suitable only for Adults' rating.

Information provided by Shane Harrison
HERE WE GO ROUND THE MULBERRY BUSH was filmed in two versions. A scene near the end shows the two main characters skinny-dipping, followed by a naked love scene on the riverbank. The version that played Britain had the swim reduced to a couple of flashes and the love scene played clothed.

Australia got the export nude release with the long version of the swim and the love scene played naked. Three cuts were taken from this sequence for the 1968 Australian release.

Times come from the British BFI DVD release.
80:08 - 00:05 cut: Judy
Geeson removing her top with her breasts shown in close up.

82:27 – 00:29 cut: Nude love sequence on the riverbank shot from waist up. Film resumes when the dog interrupts the tryst.

83:10 – 00:13 cut: Further footage of the naked love scene before the dog interrupts them again.

I am not aware of any dialogue cuts even though the British X-rated release cut other scenes for risqué humour.

The 1970s TV screenings of HERE WE GO ROUND THE MULBERRY BUSH were of the Australian cinema version. It first screened on Channel 10 in late 1973 and then became a staple of Channel 9 midnight to dawn TV. I had a copy on the early Phillips home video 3/4" VCR that predates VHS and Betamax!

On Christmas Eve 1988, it screened on (I think) Channel 10. This is the last time it was shown on TV here as far as I'm aware. Up until that point, it had not been on TV since we had VHS in the late 1970s, so I taped it for a format upgrade. The print was amazing. I have transferred it to DVD. The 1988 screening was the Australian cinema version with the cuts glued back in! You can see the glue and join marks on freeze frame. How this happened is beyond me. Someone had the edits and put them back in to a cut Australian print. How, why, where is a HUGE mystery for me.

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Here We Go Round the Mulberry Bush  (1968) - Three sheet poster





The Incident

Directed by Larry Peerce / 1967 / USA / IMDb

In a 1969 article from Masque magazine, THE INCIDENT was listed as being banned by the Australian Censorship Board.

snip, snip, snip, snip
Peter Boyce
Masque, June-July 1969
The use of restrictive certificates [in New Zealand] has meant that films which would not be passed for general exhibition may still be passed for an adult audience. Thus THE INCIDENT, banned in Australia, was passed with a restrictive certificate in New Zealand, with only one cut.

An outstanding American film by Larry Peerce, it shows the behaviour of a group of people trapped on a subway car by two young hoodlums. The film is a brilliant expose of the roots of violence in American society, and it is tragic that the Australian public have been deprived of the chance to see the film for themselves. I am surprised that more publicity has not been given to the banning of THE INCIDENT, which is a most important social statement.


In August 1970, THE INCIDENT was resubmitted to the Censorship Board. The 8655-feet (96:10) print was passed with a 'Suitable only for Adults' rating.





The Killing of Sister George

Directed by Robert Aldrich / 1968 / USA / IMDb

Information provided by Shane Harrison from viewing of "Chipp's reel".
See database entry for THE BABYSITTER (1969) for background.
Censored footage 03:05

The ending seduction completely removed after Susannah York's dress is undone by Coral Browne.


Here is Don Chipp speaking in parliament following the screening.

Ministerial Statement
Mr CHIPP (Hotham—Minister for Customs and Excise)
House of Representatives
Thursday, 11 June 1970

Community standards are most difficult to define. In fact, one may ask whether 'community standards' exist at all. Are they representative of the standards of the entire adult population or are they a broad assessment of what people believe to be right?

Let me quote a case of film censorship to illustrate my point. In a film entitled 'THE KILLING OF SISTER GEORGE' there was originally an explicit lesbian love scene which ran for about 5 minutes. In Australia —as in Britain and in New Zealand—some 3 minutes were censored. Most members of the Parliament saw those 3 minutes at the film night arranged some weeks ago.

Had we been able to restrict showings of that film to over-21 audiences, there would, I believe, still have been an overwhelming vote to censor those 3 minutes of film. Yet I have to ask: Is that a correct assessment of community standards? As far as films are concerned, who should establish the standards—those who regard motion pictures as an art form, those who regard them as entertainment, or those who have other interests in the medium?

Could we reasonably suggest that those who have no interest in films at all—non-moviegoers — should have no say in the establishment of community standards on filmmaking? These are questions which must be answered if the community standards test is to mean anything, in the ensuing debate, I should like to hear the views of members on this specific point.



Information from Mike Richards's viewing of "Chipp's reel".
See database entry for THE BABYSITTER (1969) for background.

Dirty Pix
Mike Richards
Cinema Papers issue 2, April 1974
…was likewise censored unnecessarily. Three and a half minutes had come out, including the following dialogue:

"You’d look cheerful too with 50 cubic centimetres throbbing away between your legs."
"Oh, bullshit."
"It’s none of your business — go screw yourself or better still go try Mrs. Croft."


Resubmitted and passed uncut with an M-rating in December 1984.





Last Summer

Directed by Frank Perry / 1969 / USA / IMDb

Information provided by Shane Harrison from viewing of "Chipp's reel".
See database entry for THE BABYSITTER (1969) for background.
Censored footage 01:15

Note, the rape was the uncensored X-rated USA version. I knew the difference as I had the American R-rated VHS tape at home.



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