Music: Sound Pictures

Charles Wakefield Cadman considered, George Gershwin dickered, Irving Berlin contracted last week to write musical themes for the new sound-pictures, the audible cinema. The field offers each composer good opportunity to apply his peculiar virtuosity. Each will certainly receive rich fees. The movies can afford to pay. A single picture house, the Roxy Theatre, in Manhattan, rarely receives less than $110,000 a week from admissions. Its income for four weeks of Street Angel (with Movietone) was $479,000. That, however, was a record run.

Irving Berlin's deal was with United Artists Corp., to write a...

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