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Vintage Variety

75 YEARS AGO

(Mar. 3, 1916)

HEARST INTERESTS IN PICTURE FIELD GROWING

William R. Hearst is going away into the picture business, from reports about. The plan appears to be a service with exchanges for the distribution of serials and comedies. Unlimited money is behind the Hearst project and the story says the Hearst ambition is to make the service bearing the name the best known in the world. Mr. Hearst is now interested in the International Film Service and the Hearst-Vitagraph Weekly. A former connection with Pathe was broken by Hearst, who has a legal action pending against Pathe.

50 YEARS AGO

(Mar. 5, 1941)

LUCE’S TIME-LIFE STEAMUP BY WELLES TO FORCE ‘KANE’ RELEASE

With RKO’s continued silence there has been considerable cooling of the general feeling that “Citizen Kane” will be released despite objections of William Randolph Hearst. Producer Orson Welles and his henchmen are showing the picture to every influential non-Hearst publication it can, hoping to create something of a public indignation to force RKO into releasing the film. Welles allowed Henry R. Luce, Time-Life-Fortune publisher, to see the picture Tuesday night. Mrs. Sara Delano Roosevelt, the President’s mother, also was at the screening. What has Luce particularly interested is that the device for telling the story in “Kane” is based on “The March of Time” and Time’s editors thought it quite a plug.

25 YEARS AGO

(March 2, 1966)

SEE BREAKTHROUGH IN HOME DISK PIX

Denials by CBS execs that the company’s laboratories had designed a disk which projects both sound and motion pictures on TV sets have not shaken a belief in show biz and financial circles that a breakthrough in home entertainment can be expected shortly.

MADCAP GAL RILES MET

Girl of around 25 at the Metropolitan Opera House first-of-season performance of Rossini’s “Barber of Seville” caused an audible reaction from scandalized subscribers when, at intermission, she stood up revealing herself garbed in gold lame jeans over cowboy-type boots. It is presumed an overcoat had covered her madcap getup. Rudolf Bing has had a no-tie, no-enter rule for some time and youths in leather beatnik array have been stopped at door. Whether women, claiming the prerogative of “style,” can get away with wearing trousers in the shrine of fashion remains to be seen.

Compiled by Fred Lombardi.

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