Cinema: Back to Normal

In Hollywood's restaurants the tips were at again; the Great Panic seemed to be over. The simple reason: box-office busi-less all over the U.S. was bad.

It sounded like the dizziest Hollywood logic, but it was a fact. Box-office grosses, despite a slight recent recovery, had not gone back to the wartime highs. Pictures had moved so fast through the nation's theaters that Hollywood's huge stockpile vas almost exhausted. The big sound stages were suddenly put furiously to work to supply the theaters' demands.

Last week 36 films were in production, compared with 23 in the last week in January. Employment of extras...

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