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While preparing to shoot the sequence where Leiningen pours oil on himself to repel the ants, Charlton Heston was told that oil would ruin his wardrobe so syrup would be used instead. Heston spent a miserable day on location as the "oil" attracted every insect for miles.
William Conrad, who plays the commissioner in this movie, played the lead role of Leiningen in the 1948 radio play, "Leiningen vs. the Ants", the original story upon which this movie was based.
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The scenes where the bridges were dynamited was filmed in Florahome, Florida. A local resident died when he was thrown from his horse, which had been spooked during the explosion.
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Charlton Heston improvised during the argument scene between Eleanor Parker and himself. It was not scripted that he splash perfume all over her. This move intensified the action and a surprised Parker was able to react accordingly.
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Stock footage of this movie was used in MacGyver: Trumbo's World (1985), in which MacGyver and a plantation owner fight an army of ants.
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"Lux Radio Theater" broadcast a 60 minute radio adaptation of the movie on June 7, 1954 with Charlton Heston reprising his film role.
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A remake was once in development in 2004 with Jonathan Hensleigh hired to write and direct the project but according to Hensleigh himself, once the regime change happened at Paramount, there was no longer any interest in making the film and has been since abandoned.
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When Leiningen is showing Joanna around his plantation (about 33 minutes into the film), there is singing, presumably by native workers. They are singing in remarkably good English, and the most discernible lyric is, "We are the Polee." The singing is not closed captioned, so spelling and additional lyrics are unknown.
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