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History of censorship - 1943

Love On The Dole

Ban overturned on film Love On The Dole.

Love on the Dole is the story of a Lancashire family during the Great Depression, and of the decision by the daughter to become a rich bookmaker's mistress in order to help the rest of her family who are unemployed. The story focuses on how difficult life was for unemployed people in the Depression.

Love on the Dole was banned in New Zealand, but Labour MPs (including Prime Minister Peter Fraser) pressured the Film Censor to have the ban lifted. As the Appeal Board was not likely to undo the ban on the film (the Board was known to be extremely conservative), the Government replaced the entire Appeal Board, and the film was passed for general exhibition.

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Love on the Dole film poster
Love on the Dole film poster