Doom Book (filmmaking)

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For the Code of Alfred the Great, see Doom book.
Not to be confused with the Domesday Book.

The Doom Book was a list of 117 names created by United States censor Will Hays starting in 1934 with the enforcement of the Production Code.[1] The list included actors, actresses, directors, and others in the film industry whose private lives were "contrary to public morals" and who as a result should not be employed by Hollywood studios. Inclusion on the list in the 1930s and 1940s was guaranteed to kill a person's film career: it meant instant unemployment and destroyed any possibility of working in the industry in the future. Homosexuality was one of the main reasons for inclusion in the Doom Book as well as drug use, alcoholism, promiscuity, and infidelity.


  1. ^ Russo, p. 45


  • Russo, Vito (1987). The Celluloid Closet: Homosexuality in the Movies (revised edition). New York, HarperCollins. ISBN 0-06-096132-5.