Homosexual subtext

Recent reviews and criticism of Rope claim that the film included a homosexual subtext between the characters Brandon and Phillip,[13][14] even though homosexuality was a highly controversial theme for the 1940s. The movie made it past the Production Code censors; however, during the film's production, those involved described homosexuality as "it".[4] However, many towns chose to ban the film independently, memories of Leopold and Loeb still being fresh in some people's minds.

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