Show Business: The Rat Pack

Willard is a low-budget chiller about a revengeful young man and his army of lethally trained rats (TIME, July 26). The rumor goes that when one executive heard that his company was involved with the film, he was furious. "You're nuts!" he exploded, and demanded that the bloodiest rat scenes be cut. Grislier heads prevailed, the scenes remained, and last week on the Variety box-office chart, Willard was not only in the top spot but was outgrossing Love Story by almost 10 to 1.

Gilbert Ralston, who wrote the screenplay, sees Willard as "a rat...

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