chapter  3
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‘What a difference a war makes!’: Love on the Dole (1941) and British film censorship

The case of Love on the Dole provides an excellent opportunity to examine the mechanism and impact of film censorship in Britain as well as fore­ grounding some of the methodological problems and theoretical issues which the whole question of censorship raises. The majority of scholars of British cinema have accepted that the existence of censorship is of funda­ mental importance. As Richards comments:

It is impossible to understand the development and nature of the British cinema without a full appreciation of the work and influence of the

censors. They provided the framework within which cinema operated. They dictated the lim its of what was permissible on the screen.