Cinema: The Trouble with Hollywood

In the midst of a bad week, Hollywood licked its wounds and struck back at a few tormentors. Items:

¶A Gallup survey on movie attendance for the first six months of 1950 indicated that, despite a 19 million population increase, weekly ticket sales had dropped 9% under the prewar average. Since 1946, Hollywood appears to have lost close to 24 million customers.

Touchy moviemen sent an angry protest to RCA President Frank Folsom about a skit by TV Comics Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis on the Colgate Comedy Hour (NBC-TV). The skit, showing a theater owner literally dragging patrons off the sidewalks and...

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