Cinema: Famine

In Manhattan last week, while weary white wings swept up the last piles of debris from the streets and puffy-eyed barmen went home to catch up on their sleep, the American Legion and its camp-followers scattered to their homes (see p. 12). Manhattan's visitors last week were estimated as high as 500,000, spent about $6,500,000. But when most cinemansion box offices came to count up their receipts they disgustedly found their weekly grosses were not above par but below it. Milling crowds, jammed doorways, the continuous free street show put on by the anticking Legionnaires was the answer.

But if Manhattan's film...