Vintage Variety

75 YEARS AGO

(Feb. 25,1916)

MANAGERS MAY BAR CRITICS

The unalterable right to bar or remove from their theatres for any reason, excepting creed, race or color, was given theatrical managers in New York state this week. The Court of Appeals affirmed the opinion of a lower court deciding the Shuberts had the legal right to refuse admittance into any of their houses to Alexander Woollcott, dramatic editor of the New York Times.

50 YEARS AGO

(Feb. 26,1941)

F.D.R.’S GAG-PRESS HINT MAY CUE PIX CENSORSHIP

Federal censorship of a limited sort was forecast for motion pictues last week by Pres. Roosevelt’s declamation against newspapers revealing military secrets, in the opinion of film industry experts. Motion picture company executives were astonished by the bold stand assumed by the President as regards freedom of the press, with its implied threat that if newspaper publishers were unable to curb publication of military secrets this matter would be kept out by other means. Censoring of newsreels has been going on for several months.

STEWART AND ROGERS LOOM BIG FOR OSCARS; HITCHCOCK VS. FORD

It is generally conceded that James Stewart will be handed an Oscar for his performance in “The Philadelphia Story.” Ginger Rogers looks like a winner for “Kitty Foyle.” David O. Selznick’s “Rebecca” and Darryl F. Zanuck’s “The Grapes of Wrath” are certain to garner a flock of votes but the wise boys insist it will be a close race between Sol Lesser’s “Our Town” and Walter Wanger’s “Foreign Correspondent.” The directorial award is certain to be a two-way race between Alfred Hitchcock and John Ford. This should be a close one, with Hitchcock winning by a nose.

25 YEARS AGO

(Feb. 23,1966)

TV’S PROFIT TIES TO WAR BIZ

A deep undercurrent of concern is arising out of the imminent buyout of ABC by ITT and the persistent talk that CBS has been negotiating for merger (absorption) with such companies as IBM and Litton Industries. All of the aformentioned as well as RCA (NBC parent) rank within the top 30 Defense Department contractors. How, observers are asking, can such special interests be justified when radio and TV have become the most important forces in mass media news?

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