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July 24, New York Times: movies expensive because of temperamental stars and directors, padded payrolls and vast sums spent on the stardom

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Source: National Archives

Producers made full use of trouble between the various unions in Hollywood.  They demanded wage cuts of 12 percent and an increase of straight time from 8 to 10 hours a day.

These demands were necessary, they said, because of the decreased film production demand following World War I.  However, the exorbitant salaries of stars (who earned over $1,000,000 a year in 1921) and producers ($100,000 a year) were never mentioned.

Salaries of corporate executives, writers, actors, directors, etc., totaled more than $22,000,000.  Wages of production workers - carpenters, painters, prop makers, wardrobe, etc. - totaled $14,000,000.

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