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Film debut of Gale Sondergaard, who won a "Best Supporting Actress" Academy Award (which was a new category).
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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 miniatures that Fred Jackman built for the Port Royal set in Captain Blood (1935) were reused in this movie.
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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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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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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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Milton Krims wanted onscreen credit for his work on the screenplay, but the studio denied his request.
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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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Warner Bros. paid $40,000 for the screen rights to the 1200-page 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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This is considered the worst Best Picture nominee with a 13% on Rotten Tomatoes.
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