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Film debut of Gale Sondergaard, who won a "Best Supporting Actress" Academy Award (which was a new category).
At the time, the most expensive film Warner Brothers had ever made. And at 141 minutes, it was also the longest.
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The film required 131 sets, including a 12-acre African compound built on the studio backlot - the largest set which had ever been constructed.
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The miniatures that Fred Jackman built for the Port Royal set in Captain Blood (1935) were reused in this movie.
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Warner Bros. paid $40,000 for the screen rights to the 1200-page novel.
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Humphrey Bogart tested for the role of Napoleon; Bette Davis and Kitty Carlisle were among the many others who auditioned for roles.
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Tony Curtis was a huge fan of the book. He changed his name from Bernard Schwartz to Tony Curtis in homage to the lead character and was even buried with a copy of the novel.
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The opera being performed in Paris, "The Duchess of Ferrara", is not a real opera; the poster outside identifies the composer as Aldo Franchetti, who plays the conductor in the opera scene.
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William Dieterle had been promised the directing job, which instead went to Mervyn LeRoy (Harry M. Warner's son-in-law).
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This is considered the worst Best Picture nominee with a 13% on Rotten Tomatoes.
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The score by Erich Wolfgang Korngold won an Oscar, though as was the custom at the time it was awarded to the music department and collected by its head, Leo F. Forbstein. However Korngold's other Oscar, for 'The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938)', was awarded to Korngold.
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Milton Krims wanted onscreen credit for his work on the screenplay, but the studio denied his request.
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