Cinema: New Millionaires at M-G-M

When M-G-M hired Dore Schary in July 1948 to run its production, Hollywood's biggest, richest studio was slumping badly. Almost anything he did would have been an improvement. Since then, while bucking a maze of intra-studio politics, he has done plenty.

By doubling production, he cut overhead costs per picture in half. He shortened shooting schedules, reduced the average number of writers per script from 7.3 to 1.2, rooted out dead wood, brought in fresh directing and producing talent.

Schary's personal productions (Battleground, The Next Voice You Hear) proved box-office hits, and the quality...

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