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Ship of Fools (1965) Poster

(1965)

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This was Vivien Leigh's final film before her death on July 8, 1967 at the age of 53.
Vivien Leigh was subject to bouts of depression and alcoholism and was abrasive to fellow actors. After a rocky start with her relationship with Lee Marvin with her complaints about his stale alcohol breath, the two eventually became highly unlikely good friends.
Heinz Ruhmann was not Jewish but he was a very rabid anti-Nazi and anxious to play the part.
Katharine Hepburn was first choice for the aging Southern belle, but because of Spencer Tracy's bad health she opted to continue to care for him, and she was replaced by Vivien Leigh.
The election referred to was the German Federal election of 1933, in which the National Socialist German Workers Party (NSDAP, or the Nazis) received 43.9% of the overall vote, an increase of 10.8% on the previous election.
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Kranmer did not enjoy working with Oskar Werner, who refused to play the bar scene stage left. Kramerhad to have the set rebuilt to accommodate the actor.
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The film cast includes four Oscar winners: Vivien Leigh, Lee Marvin, Simone Signoret, José Ferrer; and four Oscar nominees: Michael Dunn, Oskar Werner, Lilia Skala and George Segal.
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Oskar Werner and José Ferrer would make a similar film 11 years later. Voyage of the Damned (1976) also was about a boatload of refugees heading back to Germany before the outbreak of the Second World War. It would prove to be Werner's final film.
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When Lowenthal mentions the funeral of Kaiserin Viktoira, he is referring to the wife of Kaiser Friedrich Wilhelm and mother of Kaiser Wilhelm II. Victoria was a daughter of Queen Victoria of England.
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This was only Vivien Leigh's third movie since " A Streetcar Named Desire " almost 15 years earlier. Her previous movie had been " The Roman Spring of Mrs Stone" in 1961.
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Oskar Werner got an Oscar nomination for Best Actor in a Leading Role despite being fifth billed in the movie.
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Film debut of Gila Golan.
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Oskar Werner's character dies of a heart attack in the film. In reality, Werner died of the same thing in 1984, aged 61.
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