Cinema: A Movie Is Born

Among the millions listening to General MacArthur's speech before Congress last week were an obscure Hollywood producer named Maurice Duke and a casting director named William Selwyn. At the close of the speech, when MacArthur quoted from the "barracks ballad," Old Soldiers Neiver Die, Selwyn's reaction was instantaneous and practical. He turned to Duke and remarked that whoever got the movie rights to that song would certainly be sitting pretty. Duke at once got on the trail.

The trail led to a Chicago music concern—which had previously sold its rights to a subsidiary of...

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