Business: Re-United Artists

In the chancy movie business, a producer without distribution is like a camera without film. Ever since it was set up in 1919 by Mary Pickford, Charlie Chaplin, Douglas Fairbanks and D. W. Griffith, United Artists has been a distributing outlet for independent moviemakers. It permitted them to break away from the domination of the big studios and take a chance making their own movies.

In later years, United Artists came upon hard times chiefly because Owners Pickford and Chaplin could not agree on how it should be run. On top of that,...

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