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A half century ago, The Saturday Evening Post had grown beyond the heyday of its Norman Rockwell contributions but still had a position of cultural significance. The publication still attracted above-the-title contributors like James Michener, but bold-faced questions about how to treat the coming tidal shifts in views on family, sexuality and America’s place in the global conversation featured prominently on the front page, as if to provide an antidote to a coming predicament. Obviously, the views of one publication can't represent the attitudes of the entire country. But when the Saturday Evening Post did turn to the film world it communicated a level of primary importance -- as if this was truly a topic worth bringing to widespread attention, sandwiched between talk of post-Eisenhower policy and notable short fiction. The Post treated the film industry as a singular institution. "The movies" were an amorphous hodgepodge of foreign offerings, »

- Steve Greene

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