SHOW BUSINESS: It's Not Art But ...

A timeworn wheeze among U.S. movie producers is that a Pine-Thomas picture run backwards would entertain an audience as much as the same film shown in due order. It is the standard opening for the observation that however the film is run it will be a money maker.

Since they formed a producing team in 1940, lank, solemn, ex-pressagent William Hoy Pine, 49, and sleek, peppery, ex-pressagent William Carroll Thomas, 41, have whipped up 30 musicals and melodramas for the nation's double bills. None has come close to an Oscar, but all have...

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