If you're the type to confidentially drop the phrase "exploitation films" in a conversation, you probably associate exploitation with the 1970s. But the first golden age of exploitation came back when filmmakers peddling dirty pictures or sensationalist shlock often risked being run out of town!

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1. They marketed them as "educational"

secret history obscenity laws comic: marketing as educational

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2. They weren't above shaming the moralists right back

secret history obscenity laws comic: shaming the moralists

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3. Some wrote fake "letters to the editor" in the local newspapers

secret history obscenity laws comic: letters to the editor

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4. Where obscenity laws were especially restrcitive, two DIFFERENT versions of the films could be shown

secret history obscenity laws comic: switching out the reels

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5. They'd save the DIRTIEST reels for emergencies

secret history obscenity laws comic: switching out the reels

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6. Carefully marked boundaries kept filmmakers from being arrested in towns that were wise to their tricks

secret history obscenity laws comic: letters to the editor

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