From Wilshire Boulevard to Wall Street, stockholders in the world's biggest moviemaking company chose up sides in the most colossal management fight in Hollywood history. The prize: control of Loew's Inc., which encompasses Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, M-G-M Records, some 170 U.S. and foreign theaters, plus a $33 million funded debt. To head off the battle, Joseph Vogel, Loew's president of three weeks, flew from his Manhattan office to Hollywood, hustled through the first leg of a monthlong, no-martini inspection, promised to find out what was wrong.

In New York a spokesman for Wall Street's Lehman...

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