Vastly overpriced, Hollywood's big stars have long been past due for a rolling readjustment of their price-earnings ratios.
Elizabeth Taylor will stuff more than $1,300,000 into her cleavage for Cleopatra one of the highest fees ever paid for a professional woman. Marlon Brando is getting more than $1,000,000 for Mutiny on the Bounty. And Cary Grant, who could probably buy Scotland if he cared to, took 75% of the profits of Operation Petticoat. Profits to date: $7,000,000.
But stars' fees are only the beginning.
Film companies start out to make a picture for, say, $6,000,000, like Mutiny on the Bounty, and it...