Cinema: Little Orphan Oscar

The warning was sounded last fortnight at the annual handing-out of Oscars (TIME, April 4), but no one paid much attention. Jean Hersholt, retiring as president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences, told the audience: "There have been voices in the industry raised against the academy. [They] say . . . 'We don't want academy standards foisted upon us. We want to make commercial pictures unhampered by considerations of artistic excellence.' "

It turned out that Actor Hersholt was not just orating. Last week he announced that the major studios, prodded...

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