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A Tale of Two Cities (1935) Poster

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Actor Ronald Colman agreed to play the role of Sydney Carton with the sole condition that he not also be required to play the role of Charles Darnay, as was usually expected in adaptations of the Dickens novel. The plot of 'A Tale of Two Cities' turns on the physical resemblance between the two characters. Colman had long wanted to play Sidney Carton, and was even willing to shave off his beloved mustache to play the part.
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This marked the last time that Ronald Colman agreed to shave his trademark mustache for a film.
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The storming of the Bastille was actually directed by Val Lewton and Jacques Tourneur, a partnership that would later go on to make such horror classics as _Cat People_ and I Walked with a Zombie (1943).
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"Lux Radio Theater" broadcast a 60 minute radio adaptation of the movie on March 18, 1946 with Ronald Colman reprising his film role.
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This was David O. Selznick's last film for MGM. He was able to fund his own studio afterwards largely on the strength of this film's box office receipts.
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Blanche Yurka's first film in 18 years and also her first sound film.
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The fourth film version of the novel, previously made in 1911, 1917 and 1922.
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Director Jack Conway took ill halfway through production so Robert Z. Leonard stepped in to cover for him.
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Producer David O. Selznick also masterminded another Dickens adaptation that same year, George Cukor's David Copperfield (1935). Both films starred Basil Rathbone, Edna May Oliver and Elizabeth Allan and both were nominated for Best Film Academy Awards.
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"Lux Radio Theater" broadcast a 60 minute radio adaptation of the movie on January 12, 1942 with Ronald Colman reprising his film role.
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Columnist Dan Thomas reported in March, 1935, that Leslie Howard, Herbert Marshall, Warner Baxter, Robert Montgomery and Clark Gable were all undergoing screen tests for the role of Sydney Carton.
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This film's television premiere took place in Philadelphia Friday 13 September 1957 on WFIL (Channel 6), followed by Los Angeles Friday 29 November 1957 on KTTV (Channel 11); in San Francisco it was first aired 8 June 1958 on KGO (Channel 7), but New York City television viewers didn't get their first look at it until Sunday 22 November 1959 on WCBS (Channel 2).
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