Cinema: Big Deal

When film production lags, most cine-moguls chew their fingernails. But while Producer David O. Selznick is killing time, he makes a tidy profit with a sideline which Hollywood calls flesh-peddling. Unlike an actors' agent, whose commission is fixed at 10%, Selznick gets fat loan-out fees for the stars who are under contract to him as a producer. Because he is Hollywood's shrewdest publicizer of talent, his stars are in great demand. His profit is the fees, minus the salaries he would be paying the players anyhow.

Last week Producer Selznick announced the closing of...

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