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The first film of Alfred Lynch.
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The film's backers insisted that a name actor be cast in the lead, over the unknown Kenneth Haigh who had been so successful in the stage version. Richard Burton agreed to take on the part at a much lower fee than his usual Hollywood salary.
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Harry Salzman recalled it was "a monumental miscalculation" to have cast Burton, who was "too old anyway" and "looked as if he could handle himself so capably that he'd lay anyone he hated out flat."
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According to Burton biographer Paul Ferris, Salzman screened the film as a courtesy to Jack Warner, who put up the money for the picture. After a few minutes, Warner asked sarcastically what language they were speaking. When Salzman told him it was English, the studio chief replied, "This is America!" and walked out.
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It was generally agreed that Richard Burton looked too old to play a 25-year-old.
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The film's failure was largely attributed to the miscasting of Richard Burton, since at 33 he was clearly too old and too obviously capable to play Jimmy Porter.
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The first film of Nigel Davenport.
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Producer Harry Saltzman was an avid fan of the play. He urged John Osborne and Tony Richardson to set up Woodfall films with a remit to make realistic homegrown movies. Look Back in Anger (1959) was their first production.
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Although this was the first "kitchen sink drama" to go into production, it was beaten to release by the similarly themed Room at the Top (1959).
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John Osborne and Mary Ure were later married.
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Claire Bloom was the first to be cast.
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Alfred Lynch was initially cast in another part.
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S.P. Kapoor filmed his role in five days.
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The character of Ma Tanner was only referred to in the play, never seen. For the film version, she was brought vigorously to life by Edith Evans.
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Initially Harry Saltzman was opposed to the idea of Tony Richardson directing the film version as he had never directed a film before. John Osborne insisted on Richardson as he had been responsible for the theatrical version but Saltzman's opposition led to the film's original backers, J. Arthur Rank, pulling out of the deal. Osborne of course ultimately got his way.
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Theater critic Kenneth Tynan persuaded Nigel Kneale to extend the play into a screenplay. John Osborne was so delighted that he didn't have to perform the task that he happily signed over the story rights for a mere £2,000.
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For a play noted for its firebrand dialog, there ironically is none for the first 6 minutes in the film version.
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Tony Richardson originally intended to cast John Fraser as Jimmy Porter, and Fraser was even sent to the Cannes Film Festival, where his casting was announced to the press. However, when Richardson's producing partner John Osborne happened to meet Richard Burton in New York, Burton told Osborne he would kill to play the role, and Burton was subsequently cast instead.
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Stanley Van Beers worked two days.
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Phyllis Neilson-Terry worked two days.
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John Dearth shot his part in five days.
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Jane Eccles shot her part over a period of six days.
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Steven Scott worked two days.
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Charles Saynor worked two days.
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Glen Byam Shaw filmed his part over a four day period
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