Cinema: A Bit Sticky

Britons began to realize that the prohibitive tax on Hollywood films (TiME, Aug. 18) was causing a serious shortage of movies in Britain.

Hollywood had been providing almost three-fourths of Britain's annual film supply. Last week, after the London premiere of Cecil B. DeMille's The Unconquered, there were less than ten more U.S. pictures awaiting release in Britain. "From here in," said one exhibitor, "it's getting a bit sticky." So far, British exhibitors had been able to fill their bills with reissues and vaudeville acts (Danny Kaye was the doubletalk of London), but reissues were already drawing catcalls from the customers, and...

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