Cinema: Cheesecake Charter

In the Hollywood firmament, a starlet is a heavenly body twinkling only fleetingly on the screen but readily visible in publicity stills. Once in a while an ambitious starlet rebels against this fate. Three years ago Barbara Bates did just that. A wartime pin-up favorite while on the Universal lot, Barbara moved over to Warners', where she got her first speaking parts; her dramatic aspirations thus encouraged, she balked at posing for any more leg-art pictures.

Last week, still thinking about the case of Barbara, Universal-International struck a blow for art (hip, thigh &...

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