Cinema: Surprise Smash

Five days after the coronation, a full-length documentary film of the event opened, with little fanfare, in a few U.S. theaters. J. Arthur Rank's A Queen Is Crowned, written by Playwright Christopher Fry and narrated by Sir' Laurence Olivier, is an impressive Technicolored job, but few officials of Universal-International, which is distributing the picture, expected much interest from American moviegoers, who, after all, had had a chance to see it all on TV.

But in its first week of U.S. showings, A Queen Is Crowned began making unheard-of box-office records. In Manhattan, the little (450 seats) Guild Theater opened with six shows...

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