Show Business: Get Ready for Blood, Sweat and Women

Perhaps it is the Santa Ana, blowing in from the Mojave Desert. Or a kind of Morse code flashed out by the traffic lights along Sunset Boulevard. Or maybe John Galley, head of production at Warner Bros., has the answer. "At best," he says, "this business is a crap shoot." Whatever the reason, each year Hollywood producers put their money on only two or three numbers—two or three kinds of movies. The themes for 1977: war, jocks and women.

COMBAT. Though they have traditionally been popular in Hollywood, war movies were eclipsed for a...

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