Cinema: The Last Cinemogul

Last week, after picking out the site for his tomb and announcing that he would probably die soon, Cinemogul Harry Cohn, 66, president of Columbia Pictures Corp., suffered a coronary thrombosis in Phoenix, Ariz., died in a wailing ambulance on the way to the hospital. A career that paralleled the great, glittering days of the cinema had outlasted the great days themselves.

Traffic in Souls, a 1913 five-reeler about white slavery, was New York-born Harry Cohn's first picture. Returning 79 times its $5,700 cost, it taught him that 1) big money could be made from a small investment and 2) "the public...

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