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(1954)

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Joan Crawford, who played Ann Blyth's mother in Mildred Pierce (1945), played Rose Marie in the original version of this film, Rose-Marie (1928).
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A comic duet by Bert Lahr and Marjorie Main, "Love and Kisses" (music by Rudolf Friml, lyrics by Paul Francis Webster) was deleted from the release print. The filmed number is included on the 2011 DVD from Warner Bros. The Lahr-Main audio was first presented on the 1954 soundtrack LP from MGM Records, and a CD track is available on a 2011 import from the 101 Distribution label.
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This version differs widely from both the earlier versions and the stage play.
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Originally, Thurl Ravenscroft was to be only the single voice double for the Medicine Man. However, the actor could not synchronize his lip movements to Thurl's recording, so the studio called in Thurl at the last minute to actually play the role on-screen.
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Adapted from a Broadway play that opened on September 2, 1924 at the Imperial Theatre in New York and ran for 557 performances.
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Previously filmed twice, as a silent film starring Joan Crawford, Rose-Marie (1928), and later starring Jeanette MacDonald and Nelson Eddy, Rose-Marie (1936).
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