The Hollywood Reporter

W.R. Wilkerson (publisher)
Don Carle Gillette (editor)

Los Angeles: The Hollywood Reporter, 1962. Twelve original entertainment trade magazines, all from July 1962, focusing on film, radio, and television, with book reviews, job postings, ads for local California restaurants and real estate. Many issues also featured color centerfolds advertising contemporary films, that in effect acted as mini pullout posters. Rear wrappers often portrayed attractive film star portraits.

Like its counterpart, The Daily Variety, THR began as a daily trade newspaper (1930) devoted to the entertainment industry, the first of its kind. Founder Wilkerson published the magazine until his death in 1962, his influential "Tradeviews" column still ran on the front page but subsequently taken over by editor Gillette. Wilkerson, who vehemently opposed the Screen Writers Guild (what he called the "Red Beachhead"), primarily used the column to name certain figures he felt to have Communist associations, and was the first to implicate legendary writers like Dalton Trumbo and Howard Koch, the beginning of what would become the Hollywood Ten.

Featured are issues for 1962 (all Volume CLXXI), each published at ten cents each, with headlines and centerfold advertisements (where applicable) noted: July 6 (No Action by Fox Committee, "Jack the Giant Killer"), July 9 (MCA Drops Agency by July 18, "The Sky Above, The Mud Below"), July 10 (SAG-Agent Pact More Stringent), July 11 (33 UA Post-'50 Features to television, "The Wonderful World of the Brothers Grimm" lavish foldout centerfold), July 12 (Only 16 Family Pix in 6 Mos.), July 13 (Fox Decision May Come in Week, "Advise and Consent"), July 16 (MCA Hit by Government Suit, "Hatari!"), July 17 ('Runaway' Tax Hike Advanced, "The Inters"), July 18 (MCA and Gov't Seek Agreement, "Five Weeks in a Balloon"), July 19 (MCA and Gov't Nearing Pact, "That Touch of Mink"), July 20 (MCA Agency Splitup Begins), July 23 (New 20th-Fox television Prod'n Plan).

9.25 x 12.25 inches, most saddle-stapled, semi-gloss stock, varying page count but overall 5-10 leaves per. Toning, else Near Fine. Issues before 1970 are uncommon.

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