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John Garfield admitted that he based the way he played his character, Mickey Borden, on Oscar Levant.
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John Garfield's first film and an Oscar nomination.
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Designed as a vehicle for Priscilla Lane, which also happened to have roles for her sisters, Lola Lane and Rosemary Lane.
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Michael Curtiz found himself in the unenviable position of competing against himself in the Best Director race for the Academy Award, being nominated for both Four Daughters (1938) and Angels with Dirty Faces (1938). Unfortunately he effectively canceled himself out and the Oscar went to Frank Capra for You Can't Take It With You (1938). Curtiz would go on to win his Oscar for Best Director five years later for Casablanca (1942). This wouldn't happen again until 2000 when Steven Soderbergh was nominated for both Erin Brockovich (2000) and Traffic (2000), winning for the latter.
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Remade as a musical, Young at Heart (1954) with Frank Sinatra and Doris Day.
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This was given to studio director Michael Curtiz as a small assignment to tide him over as the bigger profile Angels with Dirty Faces (1938) was coming together. (Curtiz was just coming off the huge success of The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938), one of Warner Brothers' biggest hits.) Much to everyone's surprise, Curtiz delivered a film that was critically acclaimed and a big box office success, earning five Academy Award nominations to "Angels"' three.
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Warner Brothers mounted a big publicity campaign to get John Garfield nominated for an Academy Award at the expense of his co-star Claude Rains. (The veteran character actor would land the first of his four Oscar nominations the following year for his work on Frank Capra's Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939).)
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This was originally set to be a much bigger production and a vehicle for Errol Flynn. However, when he dropped out, the film was retooled into something a bit more modest. Nevertheless, it went on to be a big box office hit and scored five Academy Award nominations.
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"Lux Radio Theater" broadcast a 60 minute radio adaptation of the movie on December 18, 1939 with John Garfield, Priscilla Lane, Rosemary Lane, Lola Lane and Jeffrey Lynn reprising their film roles.
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The character of Mickey Borden was written with Van Heflin in mind.
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(Screenwriter Julius J. Epstein on John Garfield) Garfield was a nice guy, but kind of a sad sack. We'd tease him. Thhere was something called The Writers' Table, where writers sat around at lunch in the commissary, and I remember Garield coming up once and saying, 'Let's have an intellectual discussion.' I said, 'Sure, who's going to represent you?
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