Hollywood: Monroe Doctrine

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...

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