Cinema: Sick Report

Whenever an outsider suggests that the movie industry is slipping, the charge is resented. But when the industry has a good reason—such as the prospect of a tax reduction—for dwelling on its own troubles, things really look tough. Last week the Council of Motion Picture Or ganizations (COMPO) was pleading with the House Ways & Means Committee to kill the 20% federal admission tax. Said a COMPO spokesman: the business is "so desperately sick that if relief ... is not immediately forthcoming, the very existence of the industry will be imperiled."

COMPO submitted some...

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