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Final film of Frank Capra.
Director Frank Capra wanted Dean Martin or Frank Sinatra to play Dave, and Shirley Jones for Queenie. After the studio turned down Capra's alternate choice Steve McQueen, Glenn Ford was cast as Dave and helped finance the film through his production company, he asked for his girlfriend Hope Lange as Queenie.
According to the Bette Davis biography, 'Fasten Your Seatbelts', the actress was furious when she read a Glenn Ford interview in which the actor claimed to have gotten her the part because of the boost she had given him years before in A Stolen Life (1946). Davis is quoted as saying, "Who is that son of a bitch that he should say he helped me have a comeback! That shitheel wouldn't have helped me out of a sewer!"
At one point, Apple Annie waves across the street to an unseen acquaintance called "Tallulah" who is opening in a play - an in-joke reference to Bette Davis' long-running feud with Tallulah Bankhead.
Ann-Margret's first film
This film contains perhaps the earliest Hollywood use of "godfather" as a synonym for mob boss. Some experts cite mob informer Joe Valachi as the originator of the term in the popular vernacular, but this film predates his 1963 congressional testimony by a couple of years.
This movie is a remake of Lady for a Day (1933).
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When Judge Henry G. Blake (Thomas Mitchell) is on the phone rounding up people to portray society folk, he asks for Harry the Horse. Sheldon Leonard, playing Steve Darcey in this film, played Harry the Horse in Guys and Dolls (1955).
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Bette Davis got furious with Glenn Ford when he asked her to give up the star's dressing room next to his so his girlfriend' Hope Lange' could have it. Davis absolutely refused.
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Frank Capra wrote in his autobiography that the production was "shaped in the fires of discord and filmed in an atmosphere of pain, strain and loathing."
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Final film of Thomas Mitchell.
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Before Bette Davis accepted the role, Shirley Booth was Frank Capra's first choice for Apple Annie. Booth viewed the original version of the film, Lady for a Day (1933), and informed director Frank Capra that there was no way she could match the Oscar-nominated performance of May Robson in the original film, and politely declined the role.
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Steve McQueen, Kirk Douglas and Jackie Gleason were considered to play Dave the Dude.
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Shirley Jones signed to star, but Glenn Ford made Frank Capra replace Jones with his then girlfriend Hope Lange.
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Hope Lange got the part of Queenie Martin, Dave the Dude's girlfriend. largely on the basis of her being the off-screen girlfriend of co-producer/star Glenn Ford. This angered Frank Capra so much that he stopped directing. However, in Capra's Lady for a Day (1933), the part of Dave the Dude's girlfriend, here called Missouri Martin, was played by Glenda Farrell, who was borrowed from Warner Brothers at least partially because she was then girlfriend of screenwriter Robert Riskin.
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Jean Arthur, Katharine Hepburn and Shirley Booth turned down the role of Apple Annie.
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Average Shot Length (ASL) = 13 seconds
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The role of Apple Annie was offered to Helen Hayes who accepted it but finally couldn't do it when shooting was postponed, and she had a commitment to a State Department tour.
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For the Spanish version of the film, the Count and his son are Italians.
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Director Frank Capra originally wanted Anthony Franciosa for the Peter Falk part.
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Glenn Ford was paid $300,000 plus a percentage of the profits.
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A variation of "Polly Wolly Doodle" is sung by Bette Davis' (Apple Annie) crew towards the end of the film as they are riding in a cab to see Ann-Margret off on her honeymoon. The same song is played on the harmonica by Lionel Barrymore (and Edward Arnold) in You Can't Take It with You (1938).
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Thomas Mitchell replaced Jack Oakie, whose scenes had to be re-shot after he fell ill.
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The film cast includes two Oscar winners: Bette Davis and Thomas Mitchell, and four Oscar nominees: Ann-Margret, Peter Falk, Arthur O'Connell, Hope Lange.Ellen Corby is also an Oscar nominated actress.
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Frank Capra was disappointed with the final result, calling it a "miserable film". He was more than happy with Peter Falk's performance though, referring to it as "the one bright spark".
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Frank Capra had long wanted to remake his Lady for a Day (1933) but Columbia figured that the property was too dated. In the mid-1950s they offered it up to Paramount as a potential vehicle for Shirley Booth which Paramount was tempted by, hoping to lure Capra to the studio.
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Both Abe Burrows and Garson Kanin turned down the chance to update the screenplay, so Frank Capra opted to adapt it himself.
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Kirk Douglas, Dean Martin and Jackie Gleason all rejected the lead role before Glenn Ford approached Frank Capra with a finance deal if he agreed to cast him in the lead. Capra felt that Ford was unsuited to the part but agreed to this arrangement as he was desperate to get the film made.
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Frank Sinatra was originally cast as Dave the Dude but walked out over creative differences with Frank Capra.
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Glenn Ford was paid $350,000 upfront while Frank Capra received $200,000. Because the film was not a success, Capra lost an additional $50,000 in deferred salary.
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Bette Davis was not keen on the idea of having to play an old hag but she was keen on the idea of a $100,000 payday. (She hadn't had a lead role since Storm Center (1956) five years ago.)
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The animosity that sprang up between Glenn Ford and Bette Davis gave Frank Capra constant blinding headaches, even though he refused to physically intervene in their altercations.
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In spite of the fact that Annie's daughter Louise has been raised in Spain since she was a little girl, she arrives in New York speaking perfect English, with no Spanish accent what so ever.
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