Cinema: The Oscars

Hollywood put its annual self-congratulatory show on NBC-TV last week, and for the first time since 1952 the moviemakers picked up their own $850,000 tab. Biggest novelty: no commercials—unless the entire 105 minutes could be classed as one long plug for Hollywood. The show itself was faster paced than usual and was jampacked with world-famed faces, costly dresses, big names and little stretches of boredom. Full of arsenic and old spice on its big night of the year, Hollywood displayed carefree willingness to crack playful jokes about TV.

As things got under way, Jimmy Stewart told the home audience that the uninterrupted...

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