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Hollywood has a cure-all

Title: Hollywood has a cure-all
Date: Monday, 2 October 1950
Publisher: Sydney Morning Herald (Australia)
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LOS ANGELES.—The latest craze in Hollywood—and therefore in a substantial part of America—is known as dianetics. It is described as "the new science of the mind," and the poor man's psycho-analysis"; and it has caused more of a commotion in the film city than anything since kidney-shaped swimming pools.

DIANETICS is claimed to be a cure for alcoholism, colds, ulcers, and bad films; and a means of reducing Hollywood divorce and suicide rates.

It preaches the belief that a patient can rid himself of complexes or "engrams" by remembering fears and pains suffered as a child.

The high priest of the new craze is a "science fiction" magazine writer and former screenwriter, L. Ron Hubbard. His book "Dianetics" is a best-seller and Hollywood, home of Pyramid Clubs and evangelism, is going wild about it.

"Movies Need It"

Hubbard says that three film studios asked him how dianetics could make better films. He has personally "de-engrammed" five actors.

He explained last week:

"The movie colony has greeted dianetics very enthusiastically, because it needs it very much.

"Dianetics can help the movies in three ways. Dc-engrammed stars won't hold up production by getting hangovers and colds; writers will write better; actors will act better.

"When I visited the set of 'Street-car Named Desire' Kim Hunter was trying to speak with a southern accent. But it sounded British.

How He Helps

"I explained to her she was mimicking her British mother. Then she was all right."

Hubbard is arranging classes—at 500 dollars for a four weeks' course.

"I hope to start classes for movie industry workers at psycho-analysis rates of 25 or 15 dollars an hour.

"It will be worth it. One actor I audited couldn't play anybody but himself on the screen. He was frozen into one type. Now he can play any role."

Some psychiatrists brand dianetics as a "quack patent cure-all," "potentially harmful," "more like a religious cult than a science."

Hubbard blithely says this is a case of the pot calling the kettle black.

"They're just not well informed about dianetics," he says.