Eddie Pensier writes:
In my more than ten years of critical examination of motion pictures, I have never seen anything quite so unacceptable as the shots of the breasts of the character of Rio. This is the young girl whom Mr Hughes recently picked up and who has never before according to my information appeared on the motion picture screen. Through almost half the picture the girl’s breasts, which are quite large and prominent,* are shockingly emphasized and, in almost every instance, are very substantially uncovered. So far as we know there is no possible way to bring this picture within the provisions of the Production Code except by a large number of re-takes…Many of these breast shots cannot be eliminated without destroying the continuity of the story.
–James Breen, head of the Production Code Administration, in a memo to Will Hays, kvetching about Jane Russell’s deshabille in Howard Hughes’ “The Outlaw”.
Quoted in Obscene, Indecent, Immoral and Offensive**: 100+ Years of Censored, Banned And Controversial Films, by Stephen Tropiano. I’m only about a hundred pages into it, but fascinating so far.
*36D, in case you were wondering. And we know you were.
**Damn, I wanted to use that title for my memoirs.