In 1961, one year before I was born, Samuel Goldwyn said to one of his producers: "Today we are at a crucial period in history. Even if the Cold War never develops into a hot one, our country still has its hands full all over the world. The pictures we send abroad have an effect in every corner of the globe. We should never lose sight of the fact that, no matter how entertaining a picture may be or how much money it may make, it can do our country a great deal of harm if it plays into the hands of our enemies."
Mr. Goldwyn went on to say, "We have a great responsibility in this regard, far greater than almost any other segment of our country, and we must guide ourselves accordingly." One of Mr. Goldwyn's wonderful creations was Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. I do not use the past tense because Mr. Goldwyn is no longer with us. Genius is immortal. I use the past tense because his salient words of yesteryear, applicable now, have been relegated to the "circular " file of latter day MGM executives, who think the quickest way to their golden parachute is to put a dagger through the heart and soul of the land of the free and the home of the brave.
Edward W. Powers