Cinema: Tops

Since 1932 the Motion Picture Herald, Domesday Book of the cinema industry, has made annual surveys to find out which cinema stars make most money for the box office. Heading the list for the first two years was the late, leather-lunged Marie Dressler. In 1934 the late Will Rogers succeeded her. In 1935 pampered Cinemoppet Shirley Temple, then 6 years old, took first place. In 1936, for the first time, the Herald polled not only the U. S. but the box offices of Ireland and the United Kingdom. Again Shirley Temple topped the list....

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