Show Business: The Last Mogul

He was a slender, dapper man, so vain that he refused to carry a wallet or even a pocketful of change lest unsightly bulges spoil the line of his bespoke suit. More of the truth about Samuel Goldwyn was revealed by his actual appearance than by his popular image as the archetypal movie mogul—ignorant, tyrannical, malaprop-spewing.

Goldwyn's tongue did sometimes lag behind his racing brain. At least, one would like to believe that he really did declare that verbal contracts are not worth the paper they are printed on, or that extra Indians could be quickly recruited at the nearest reservoir. Or...

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