Theatre: Back to Broadway

Led by Columbia Pictures, pennywise Hollywood, licking the wounds of its 16-month battle with the Dramatists' Guild, started its penitent return to Broadway playbacking last week. This move marked the end of a period that had forced up screen prices for stage hits to astronomical levels ($200,000 for You Can't Take It With You, $255,000 for Room Service).

In May 1936, the Guild, and the League of New York Theatres representing top producers (a notable exception, Gilbert Miller), agreed to give the playwright full control of play disposition after its legitimate production,...

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