Mary & Charlie v. David

Of all the unhappy families in Hollywood, United Artists Corp. seemed to be the unhappiest. One-third owner Mary Pickford and one-third owner Charlie Chaplin had not been on speaking terms for a year and a half. Yet last week, via counsel, they agreed to boot out one-third owner David Oliver Selznick.

If Mary and Charlie wanted to go to court about it, as they said they did, that was all right with David. He promptly announced that he would distribute no more of his films through U.A. Instead he would form a new...

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