In the 1950s, movies were censored.
Violence was off-screen.
Death, dismemberment, bloody accidents, injuries: all of it was hidden.
But real life photographers back then rushed to the scene and photographed the daily gore that makes the daily news.
One such example is this photo from May 5, 1957, near Vineland and Vanowen, where the lifeless body of Louis Bell, killed by a train in his truck, is lifted onto a stretcher.
Today we watch computer generated “entertainment” scenes of virtual gore that
would have made 1950s audiences vomit.
But who shoots real news photos today?
1 image.Train vs. auto accident at Vineland Avenue and Vanowen Street, 14 May 1957. Louis Bell (dead).; Caption slipreads: "Photographer: Glickman. Date: 1957-05-14. Assignment: Train vs. Truck 1 killed, Vineland Ave. and Vanowen, No. Hollywood. G300/301/214/215: Ambulance attendants lift body of Louis Bell onto stretcher; in background is his demolished truck".