Cinema: Limelight Out

No sooner had three West Coast Fox theaters booked Charles Chaplin's Limelight than one of Hollywood's most feared critics, the American Legion, went to work. After visits from the local Legion post and from representatives of the Motion Picture Alliance for the Preservation of American Ideals (president: Cinemactor Ward Bond), the theaters (Grauman's Chinese, the Downtown and El Rey in Los Angeles) decided to substitute Niagara for Limelight rather than chance the Legion's pickets.

The Legion, the theaters explained, feels that the picture should be banned until the Department of Justice has completed its investigation of Chaplin. Other exhibitors were puzzled by...

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