The Making of a Great Motion Picture (1936)

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Narrated documentary of the making of Anthony Adverse (1936), featuring many clips from the actual film.

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The great motion picture in question is the feature film, Anthony Adverse (1936), for which this short film acted as an advertisement. Anthony Adverse was originally a best-selling novel written by Hervey Allen. After much interest from several movie studios, Warner Bros. Pictures received the rights to adapt the novel into a movie and Sheridan Gibney started to work on the screenplay. Over 400 screen tests were done to select the cast, which eventually included such stars as Fredric March, Olivia de Havilland, Donald Woods, Anita Louise, Edmund Gwenn, Claude Rains, Louis Hayward, Gale Sondergaard, Steffi Duna, Akim Tamiroff, Ralph Morgan and Henry O'Neill. Due to the enormous scope of the story, over 5,000 extras were hired and new bigger sound stages were built. Helmed by acclaimed director Mervyn LeRoy, the studio expected the movie to be more popular than the novel. Written by Huggo

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A brief look behind the scenes...
28 December 2005 | by (U.S.A.) – See all my reviews

Apparently Warner Bros. went all out to promote its ANTHONY ADVERSE which was one of their most lavish historical romances back in 1936. A few details about sets and costumes and some nice glimpses of actresses Olivia de Havilland and Gale Sondergaard talking about their experience of making the film. Both actresses speak with set miniatures of scenes they are in being on display.

Miss de Havilland is a picture of radiant beauty, costumed in her role as Angela, and already exhibiting the kind of charm and poise that would make her one of the studio's most bankable stars.

Very few scenes from the film are actually shown, but this was a warm-up for the kind of behind the scenes documentaries that would soon become very popular.

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