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(1944)

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With Ned Washington's romantic lyrics added to Victor Young's graceful melody, "Stella by Starlight" turned into a major hit song three years after the film's release. Noteworthy recordings arrived in 1947 from Frank Sinatra on Columbia, Dick Haymes on Decca and Dennis Day on RCA Victor. Unfortunately, Mr. Young's score failed to attain an Oscar nomination in the category of Dramatic Score of 1944.
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The beautiful song "Stella By Starlight" was written specifically for this movie and is featured several times. In the movie Roderick Fitzgerald "writes" it for Stella Meredith.
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There is a line of dialogue, near the end of the film, when Rick assures Lizzie: "We will do nothing tonight that the priest wouldn't approve of." He is referring to Father Anson, who had a major sub plot in the novel (he wanted to perform an exorcism on the house) but whose character and sub-plot were deleted entirely from the filmed version. This one odd line, lifted almost verbatim from the novel, somehow made it into the final cut.
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To create the painting of Mary Meredith, Gail Russell posed for the face and Lynda Grey posed for the body.
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Some of the interior sets of Windwood Manor, such as the main staircase and parlor, were re-dressed sets from the 1942 film I Married a Witch (1942).
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There are many instances in this film where the screenplay adaptation lifts dialogue verbatim from the 1942 novel by Dorothy MacArdle on which the movie is based. The most extensive such sequence occurs early in the movie, when Rick visits the tobacconist's shop.
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In an article in USA Today (August 22, 2011), Guillermo del Toro chooses this as one of his six favorite "fright flicks."
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Gail Russell co-stars with author Cornelia Otis Skinner who portrayed "Miss Holloway". That same year (1944), Gail Russell portrayed Cornelia Otis Skinner in "Our Hearts Were Young and Gay", a film based on the real-life memoirs of Miss Skinner.
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"The Screen Guild Theater" broadcast a 30 minute radio adaptation of the movie on August 28, 1944 with Ray Milland and Ruth Hussey reprising their film roles.
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"Screen Director's Playhouse" broadcast a 30 minute radio adaptation of the movie on November 18, 1949 with Ray Milland reprising his film role.
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The onscreen credits list Gail Russell as being 'introduced' in this film, but she actually made her screen debut a year earlier in Henry Aldrich Gets Glamour (1943).
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One of over 700 Paramount Productions, filmed between 1929 and 1949, which were sold to MCA/Universal in 1958 for television distribution, and have been owned and controlled by Universal ever since.
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Helen Walker and Veronica Lake were tested for the lead roles.
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Three cast members in studio records/casting call lists did not appear or were not identifiable in the movie. These were (with their character names): Norman Ainsley (Chauffeur), Ottola Nesmith (Mrs. Carlton) and George Kirby (Gas Station Attendant). Ainsley presumably was driving the car which dropped off Commander Beech and Stella after church, and Mr. and Mr. Carlton presumably was in the back seat. But none of these actors are seen. Mr. Carlton, however, does speak before the car drives off.
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Cornelia Otis Skinner has a supporting role in this film, which introduced Gail Russell. Later that year Gail Russell played Miss Skinner in the film of Miss Skinner's memoir, "Our Hearts Were Young and Gay" (1944).
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