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Somebody Up There Likes Me (1956) Poster

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James Dean was signed to play 'Rocky Graziano' but the part was given to Paul Newman after Dean was killed in an automobile accident on 30 September 1955.
There had been some opposition to the casting of Paul Newman, since at 31 he was already six years older than James Dean would have been, and his first movie The Silver Chalice (1954) had been a critical and commercial disaster.
Originally the movie was to be filmed on location in New York in Technicolor. However, after James Dean's death it was decided the film should be in black & white and filmed on studio sets. Director Robert Wise felt the sets looked very fake and only used them for night scenes, while filming the daytime scenes on location.
Film debut of Robert Loggia
Eileen Heckart who plays Rocky Graciano's mother was only 6 years older than Paul Newman. She was born in 1919 and he, in 1925.
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Paul Newman was actually 14 years older than Sal Mineo.
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Montgomery Clift was the first choice for the lead role, but he turned it down.
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Film debut of Dean Jones.
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First movie for Angela Cartwright.
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Fresh off her Oscar win, Eva Marie Saint had been considered for the role of Norma.
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Paul Newman was not felt to be believable playing an Italian-American.
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The first time Paul Newman and Steve McQueen appeared on screen together.
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Film debut of Frank Campanella
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Al Silvani, who plays Rocky Graziano's cut man, plays the cut man to another boxer named Rocky 20 years later, in Rocky (1976). Rocky Balboa was played by Sylvester Stallone and was considered his breakthrough role, just like Somebody Up There Likes Me (1956) was for Paul Newman.
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Rod Taylor was screen-tested for the lead role after James Dean was killed in a car crash. Although Paul Newman got the role, Taylor impressed the studio enough for them to offer him a significant part in The Catered Affair (1956).
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James Darren tested for the role of Rocky Graziano.
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The pro wrestler 'Irish' Pat Barrett titled his autobiography, "Everybody Down Here Hates Me."
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