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When Sir Percy recites his poem, it contains the word "demmed" which, in the US in 1934, would have been construed as profanity and would not have been allowed. This film was produced in England, however, where it was.
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The original play opened in London on 5 January 1905, three years before it was novelized.
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"Lux Radio Theater" broadcast a 60 minute radio adaptation of the movie on December 12, 1938 with Leslie Howard reprising his film role. Olivia de Havilland performed with him after having just filmed Gone with the Wind (1939) together.
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This film was included in the first syndicated television presentation of a package of major studio feature films on USA television; it premiered in Philadelphia Friday 28 May 1948 on WFIL (Channel 6), in New York City Sunday 18 July 1948 on WPIX (Channel 11), in St. Louis Thursday 21 October 1948 on KSD (Channel 5), and in Los Angeles Sunday 26 December 1948 on KTLA (Channel 5). The package consisted of 24 Alexander Korda productions originally released theatrically between 1933 and 1942.
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Percy Blakeney refers to one of the boxers as "Mendoza", a reference to Daniel Mendoza, the 18th-century British Jew who revolutionized boxing. Mendoza was the heavyweight champion of England (1792-5), despite being a middleweight.
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The original director, Rowland Brown, was fired on his first day at work.
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In the scene where Lady Blakeney (Merle Oberon) asks for her husband's help to rescue her brother and just before Lord Blakeney (Leslie Howard) leans against the fireplace, a fly lands on his sleeve.
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The failure of the original copyright holder to renew the film's copyright resulted in it falling into public domain, meaning that virtually anyone could duplicate and sell a VHS/DVD copy of the film. Therefore, many of the versions of this film available on the market are either severely (and usually badly) edited and/or of extremely poor quality, having been duped from second- or third-generation (or more) copies of the film.
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The Motion Picture Producers and Distributors of America admonished: "There is cleavage in Reel 1. There is cleavage in Reel 4. There is gross cleavage in Reel 8", adding that it was the last film it would pass containing "scenes of offensive cleavage".
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