Prelude to Divorce?

One day in 1903 a young drugstore clerk strolled into a vaudeville theater on Manhattan's Bowery to while away the time. As far as the direction of his own life was concerned, he had picked a good day. In addition to the song & dance acts, there was an added attraction—motion pictures of ocean waves. It was Joseph M. Schenck's first movie, and he could hardly believe his eyes. Said Joe: "Somebody will make a million dollars out of it."

Russian-born Joe Schenck was one of the somebodies—and he has made much more than a million. He controls an estimated...

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