Public Policy: After the Octopus

For months Hollywood and Vine has buzzed with gossip of a really big show cranking up in the movie capital. Producer: the U.S. Justice Department, whose trustbusters have long been roaming the town like talent scouts interviewing actors, agents and executives. Reluctant villain: the mammoth MCA Inc., which acts as agent for half or more of the U.S.'s top actors, is the nation's largest producer of filmed television shows, leases a library of old movies for late-night TViewing, and last year grossed $82.4 million. It would be an antitrust epic, and the story line would...

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