SHOW BUSINESS: Trouble in Paradise

In Hollywood's old, closed circle of major producers the conversation was heavy with trouble. An alarming number of actors, company-bound producers, directors, and even $2,500-a-week writers wanted to become independent producers, too. The reasons were plain: 1) taxes had taken the meaning, and the lure, out of high salaries; 2) the booming war market had made it a near impossibility to lose money on any cinema, no matter how inept; 3) the discontented wanted more creative freedom than is offered by the major producers.

The battle was not yet fully joined; the rising...

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