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Gene Tierney starred in the Broadway production as Patricia Stanley, she was to be loaned out to Warner Bros. but was cast in John Ford's Tobacco Road (1941) instead.
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Two of the "college students" in the cast went on to be well-known TV dads in the 1960s: Herbert Anderson (Dennis the Menace (1959)) and Don DeFore (Hazel (1961)).
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The play by James Thurber and Elliott Nugent opened at the Cort Theatre in New York on 9 January 1940 and closed on 3 August 1940 after 243 performances. Don DeFore, Ivan F. Simpson, Minna Phillips and Regina Wallace originated their movie roles in the play. The opening night cast also included Leon Ames as Joe Ferguson, author/director Elliott Nugent as Tommy Turner, and Gene Tierney as Patricia Stanley.
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The movie had its world premiere on 12 March 1942 in Columbus, Ohio, the location of Ohio State University, the school where both James Thurber and Elliott Nugent attended.
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Midwestern University is a thinly veiled reference to Thurber's own Alma Mater of The Ohio State University. There are numerous examples of OSU traditions in the film, including the singing of "We dont give a 'Darn' for the whole state of Michigan," notably Changing one word to appease censors. In addition, the team is called the Big Red Team, matching OSU's scarlet, and the marching band has uniforms that are identical to the uniforms still proudly worn by TBDBlTL (The Best Damn Band In The Land). 'The Big Game' featured in the film is against none other than OSU's biggest rival University of Michigan. Coincidentally, Osu Football won their first national championship in 1942, the year this film was released.
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Don Defore created the role of "Wally Myers" in the original Broadway cast. When this movie was remade as the musical, "She's Working Her Way Through College," Defore took the role based on "Joe Ferguson."
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"The Screen Guild Theater" broadcast a 30 minute radio adaptation of the movie on December 28, 1942 with Olivia de Havilland and Jack Carson reprising their film roles.
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Burning leaves in the street was legal until the mid seventies
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