Cinema: The Tax Stays

Movie-theater owners, hard hit by TV, were jubilant last month when a bill to abolish the 20% federal tax on movie tickets sailed through the House in only two hours of debate, took only 45 minutes in the Senate. By last week the same men were apprehensive. Treasury Secretary George Humphrey disapproved of the bill, and into his office trooped a covey of hand-wringing moviemen to urge him to change his mind. While such potent Hollywood brass as Paramount's Barney Balaban, 20th Century-Fox's Spyros Skouras and Columbia's Jack Cohn were in mid-argument, the...

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