Cinema: Musicals

Exactly 39% of all Hollywood pictures-in-production, twice as many as a year ago, are musical comedies. Obvious object: an anodyne for U.S. war pains. Hollywood's anodynes for its own music-making pains:

> To conserve silk tights, chorus rehearsals have been cut in half.

> To get around a Government-imposed $5,000 ceiling on new outlays for stage sets, rival studios have pooled scenery, gone in for second-hand wonderlands.

>There is a shortage of chorus boys. Most studios consequently use fewer and older men.

> Negroes are getting a break: Hollywood will put out two all-Negro...

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