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...