Cinema: Top Branch

Moviegoers know Burt Lancaster as an exuberant athletic type, at his best when there's something to swing from. But while Actor Burt Lancaster has been brachiating with Gina Lollobrigida (in Trapeze) and Caribbean wrongdoers (The Crimson Pirate), Independent Producer Burton Stephen Lancaster and his business partner Harold Hecht have been shinnying to a top branch in the Hollywood jungle.

Hecht-Lancaster's last five pictures, including Marty, which won four Academy Awards, are expected to gross $42 million (on a $7,343,000 investment). The partners' deal with United Artists, which releases their films, gives them 70%...

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