A little bird in the wardrobe department chirped this item in my ear –she was having a hard time getting actors under thirty to put on their underwear.
Besides the obvious issues of hygiene what you wear under your costume affects how the garments look on top. Children, it isn’t a question of free will, networks and the MPAA come down hard on odd protuberances and popping nipples. Okay?
Apparently this wasn’t a problem only in our era. (Insert shameless plug here.) If you watch carefully during THE PALM BEACH story, a delightful comedy released in 1942, you will see Joel McCrea’s penis fly out of his pajamas while pursuing Claudette Colbert (who was fully clothed, including hat and gloves, so don’t get the wrong idea) out of their New York apartment.
Maybe the censors at the time didn’t spot it, or maybe since WWII was going on they figured people had bigger fish to fry.