Cinema: Cliff-Hanger

One night last week a disgruntled movie fan received a soothing visit from the U.S. cinema's highest brass. Shepherded by Eric Johnston, their official spokesman, such bigwigs as Loew's Nicholas M. Schenck, 20th Century-Fox's Spyros P. Skouras and Paramount's Barney Balaban gathered in Washington for the occasion. The fan: Colorado's Democratic Senator Ed C. Johnson, author of a bill to clean up Hollywood morals through federal licensing of movie players and producers (TIME, March 27).

Next day Big Ed Johnson rose in the Senate to announce a reprieve. He was postponing the hearings...

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