Cinema: Supply & Demand

"Isn't it true," complained Writer-Director Joseph (A Letter to Three Wives) Mankiewicz, "that a real-estate operator whose chief concern should be taking gum off carpets and checking adolescent love-making in the balcony—isn't it true that this man is in control [of] ... the motion-picture industry?"

With 17 others who work in the movies or feel strongly about them. Mankiewicz was sounding off on his favorite subject. The sounding board: LIFE'S Round Table on Hollywood. For 2½ days at San Bernardino, Calif., some 100,000 words flew around the table between scholars, actors, technicians, a critic, a moviegoer, and some of the best...

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