Cinema: Neo-Tomism

In Hollywood last fortnight the bloodhounds were baying at Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer's heels. Bounding from ice cake to ice cake, the harassed studio finally made the Ohio shore, stopped only long enough to drop its baby in the river.

The view halloo began when M.G.M. announced plans to picturize Uncle Tom's Cabin. Eliza would be Negro Torch Singer Lena Horne; Southern Gentleman St. Clare, venerable Lewis Stone; Little Eva, Margaret O'Brien. Simon Legree was not cast, but the producer was to be Arthur Hornblow. Promptly, Negro spokesmen and liberal Whites spiked the plan of Hollywood's most conservative studio.

Most articulate were the...

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