Cinema: Dark Laughter

Last year a well-to-do, cinema-struck minister named James K. Friedrich formed Cathedral Films, made a religious picture, The Great Commandment, for some $130,000, sold it to 20th Century-Fox for $200,000. Also working on The Great Commandment was jovial, jug-shaped Jed Buell, who has done a little producing of his own. His Harlem on the Prairie, the first all-Negro western, grossed $50,000.

Last month Producers Friedrich and Buell put their picture-smart heads together. Buell organized Dixie National Pictures Inc., started organizing the Dixie National Film Exchange, Inc. to peddle films to 400 U. S....

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