Cinema: The New Pictures: Dec. 16, 1940

Arizona (Columbia), not to be confused with California, Colorado, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, Nevada, Wyoming or Little Old New York, is a remnant of pre-War Hollywood economy when a $2,000,000 budget was as commonplace an item in a producer's checkbook as a mink coat for the wife. Needing a fancy jewel to decorate its year's offerings, Columbia allotted it $1,500,000. Producer-Director Ruggles hiked his company off to a location near Tucson, battled weather, dust and sickness last summer until his costs had mounted to $2,250,000. Rival studios, shaving the bumps off their budgets,...

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