Cinema: Cast of Characters

Esther Williams was busy writing a book, Would You Rather Be a Fish? Her literary method: 'the publishers sent her 200 questions, and she confided the answers to a recorder.

Act of Violence, a screenplay bought by Warner Bros, for $1,600 and sold to the late Mark Hellinger for $75,000, was sold by the Hellinger estate to M-G-M for $115,000.

Mike Romanoff, Hollywood restaurateur turned columnist, advised Eric Johnston, a former vacuum-cleaner salesman: "I was once a vacuum-cleaner salesman myself, and I can tell you it's nice outdoor work. Go back, Mr. Johnston, before . . . it's too late."

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