Cinema: Hollywood Meets Backlog

For three months Hollywood's film factories have had not less than 40 feature pictures shooting, 60 in the process of editing every week. Their backlog of completed films has mounted to more than 85 pictures. This is a new high for sustained production in Hollywood. Big reason: on Sept. 1, five of the cinema industry's major studios (Warner Bros., Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 20th Century-Fox, Paramount, RKO-Radio) will begin distributing their product according to the terms of the Government's Consent Decree, which they signed last October (TIME, Nov. 11).

Those terms say that studios cannot book an exhibitor with a year's supply of pictures in...

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