Cinema: Holdouts

"One hundred thousand dollars? Is that all? I think they are trying to humiliate me. . . ."

Peppery little Director Josef von Sternberg, who has repeatedly denied starting life as Joe Stern in Brooklyn, achieved his first cinema success when he made Black Oxen. Two years ago he discovered Marlene Dietrich whose pictures he has since directed for Paramount. Last week Director von Sternberg and Actress Dietrich were involved in a lively controversy with their employers. Director von Sternberg had written a story called Blonde Venus, sold it to Paramount for $12,000, prepared...

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