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Boxoffice-December.20.1952

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f 10 Film Companies Win ?!^?,i^S:/.!!f Philadelphia Trust Suit PHILADELPHIA—Ten major film distributing companies won a victory on Saturday 114) in the U.S. district court when a jury acquitted them of alleged conspiracy to violate the federal antitrust laws. This was the first verdict by a jury in this district holding the distributors "not unreasonable" in their clearance practices. The case involved a $300,000 triple-damage claim filed by Fannie E. Han-ison. owner of the Bryn Mawr Theatre, charging the ten companies with discrimination. The Main Line Theatre, which is operated by William Goldman, was charged by Fannie E. Harrison with being discriminated against in clearances so that it was not able to compete with other theatres in the neighborhood. However, in answer to specific interrogatories, the jury held that the runs and clearances of pictures in this instance were "not unreasonable" as the theatres were in substantial competition. Defendants were Paramount Film Distributing Corp., Loew's, Inc., RKO Radio Pictures, Inc., United Artists Corp., Columbia Pictures Corp., Universal Film Exchange, Inc., 20th Century-Fox Film Corp., Warner Bros. Picture Distributing Corp., Warner Bros. Circuit Management Corp. and Stanley Co. of America. Department of Commerce Group Criticizes U.S. Antitrust Laws WASHINGTON — The Business Advisory Council of the Department of Commerce strongly criticized both the nation's antitrust laws and their administration in a report released by Secretary of Commerce Charles Sawyer on Monday (22). Strong criticism centered around ex post facto triple damages. On this subject the Council said: "A strong sense of injustice is aroused by penalizing people for action which they could not have known to be illegal. "A large majority of major antitrust cases are decided by a divided court. For example, In trade regulation cases in 1948-49 only four of 11 Supreme Court decisions were unanimous, dissents running from two to four in the other seven cases. "Furthermore, the Supreme Court overruled 30 earlier decisions in 12 years. "The best efforts toward compliance cannot cope with such contingencies. Hundreds of millions of dollars of retroactive penalties hinge on such a state law. "Under these circumstances, it seems that where the evidence indicates lack of wilful violation, discretion should be used to avoid any effort to lmpo.se retroactive triple damages, often covering many years." Sawyer, In an accompanying statement, strongly agreed with a Council suggestion to the effect that a conference section be set up within the Justice Department for the purpo,se of settling cases before they reach the courts. The report estimated that 90 per cent of the cases would never get to the courts if there were a setup within Justice to bring justice officials and businessmen together for conferences. Sawyer also agreed that present laws, rulings and administrative decisions have made the antitrust field "a jungle," and that businessmen and their lawyers have an "incredibly difficult" job in merely trying to obey the law. Pix, Washington, Files $2,340,000 Trust Suit NEW YORK—An antitrust suit seeking $2,340,000 in damages has been filed in U.S. district court by Pix Theatre Co.. owner of the Pix Theatre, Washington, D. C, against eight major distributors and United Paramount Theatres. Discrimination against the Pix is charged. Co-partners in the operation of the Pix are: Samuel, Faith and Max Cummings, Rose Chatkin and Cecilia B. Cohen. Mrs. Edwards' 'Andersen' Letter Used by Boasberg NEW YORK—Several thousand copies of a letter by Mrs. Clara Edwards, motion picture chairman of the General Federation of Women's Clubs, praising "Hans Christian Andersen" ai-e being sent to exhibitors by Charles Boasberg. general sales manager of RKO Pictures with the suggestion that they cooperate with local women's organizations in promoting the picture. They also are asked to make blow-ups and to put the latter in lobbies. "Perfect in the part of the young cobbler with a great gift for story telling is a new and surprisingly ideal Danny Kaye," wrote Mrs. Edwards. Another passage from the letter reads: "And here, in a frame of superlative photography, is the age-old precept that within ourselves is the power to make our lives what we wish them to be." At the end is a quote from a letter by Robert E. Sherwood to Samuel Goldwyn which reads: "Children will absolutely love it and so will grown-up people who want to forget theii- troubles and feel like children again." Jerry Pickman Goes West For Studio Conference NEW YORK—Jerome Pickman. Paramount vice-president in charge of advertising, publicity and exploitation, left Wednesday (24) for the coast for conferences with studio executives. Pickman attended the Christmas day premiere of Hal Wallis' "Come Back, Little Sheba" at the Pine Arts Theatre, Los Angeles, and the opening of "Road to Ball" at the Paramount Hollywood Theatre. He will attend the Adolph Zukor 80th birthday dinner January 7 at the Palladium, Hollywood. To Quarterly Lineup NEW YORK—MGM has increased its release schedule for the four months starting January 1 from 12 pictures originally announced to 16 features, an average of foiu- a month, according to Charles M. Reagan, general sales manager. In addition, two Technicolor features, "Lili" and "The Story of Three Loves," will be given special handling although not listed on the regular release sheet. Four of the 16 pictures will be in Technicolor, two of them for February release and one each in March and April. For January the pictures will be "Above and Beyond," starring Robert Taylor and Eleanor Parker with James Whitmore; "The Clown," starring Red Skelton with Jane Greer and Tim Considine: "The Bad and the Beautiful." starring Lana Turner, Kirk Douglas, Dick Powell and Walter Pidgeon, with Gloria Grahame, Barry Sullivan and Gilbert Roland; "Desperate Search," staiTing Howard Keel with Jane Greer and Keenan Wynn, and "The Hoaxters." a 36-minute subject narrated by Dore Schary, Robert Taylor, Howard Keel and George Murphy among others. In February the pictures will be "The Naked Spur," in Technicolor, starring James Stewart and Janet Leigh with Millard Mitchell: "Rogues March," starring Peter Lawford: "Ivanhoe," in Technicolor, starring Robert Taylor, Elizabeth Taylor, Joan Fontaine, George Sanders and Emlyn Williams, and "Jeopardy," starring Barbara Stanwyck with Barry Sullivan and Ralph Meeker. The March release will be "Dream Wife," starring Gary Grant, Deborah Kerr and Walter Pidgeon; "Confidentially Connie," starring Van Johnson, Janet Leigh and Louis Calhern, and "I Love Melvin," in Technicolor, starring Debbie Reynolds and a group of guest stars, including Robert Taylor. Vera- EUen and Howard Keel. For April the pictures will be "Battle Circus," starring Humphrey Bogart. June Allyson and Keenan Wynn; "Small-Town Girl." in Technicolor, starring Jane Powell. Farley Granger, Ami Miller. Nat King Cole; "See How They Run." with Dorothy Dandridge and Robert Horton. and "Never Let Me Go." starring Clark Gable. Gene Tierney and Richard Haydn. Clubwomen Rate 3 Films Of 11 for the Family NEW YORK—Three pictiu-es are rated for family audiences, five for adults and young people and three for adults in the December 15 joint estimates of current motion pictures prepared by the Film Estimat« Board of National Organizations. The family films are "Hans Christian Andersen" (RKO>, recommended as an outstanding film of its type; "Cattle Town" (WBi and "Plymouth Adventure" (MGM). The adult-young people films are "The Importance of Being Earnest" (U-D, recommended as an outstanding film; "The Iron Mistress" (WB). "Sky Pull of Moon" (MGM). "The Thief of Venice" (20th-Foxi and "Thunderbirds" (Rep). The adult films ai'e "Come Back. Little Sheba" (Para), recommended as outstanding; "Kansas City Confidential" (UA) and "Ruby Gentry" c20th-Pox). v # 1. J 11 w i m m wm L "'10 1011® "%w 30 BOXOFFICE December 27, 1962

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