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Credit Goes to Skouras

Darryl F. Zanuck has an important enough place in motion picture history without having to claim credit for Spyros Skouras’ great achievement, the creation and successful promotion of CinemaScope (“The Glories of CinemaScope,” by Bill Desowitz, July 9).

It was Skouras who gave new life to the old anamorphic lens by packaging it with multichannel sound as CinemaScope. It was Skouras, president of 20th Century Fox for two decades, who bet the future of his studio by shifting all production to the new system and assured its widespread acceptance by demanding that any exhibitor wishing to book Fox features be fully equipped for CinemaScope.

THOMAS D. BRATTER

Los Angeles

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