Joan Crawford was offered the lead role but turned it down saying, "It was about a girl who stands around and does nothing. I told the studio to give the part to Hedy Lamarr."
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Director Alexander Hall was borrowed from Columbia but had to leave to direct Once Upon a Time (1944) before this production was finished filming. Vincente Minnelli took over as director for the last 3 weeks of production, which may account for so many of the listed actors being cut from the final print.
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Many cast members in studio records/casting call lists did not appear or were not identifiable in the movie. These were (with their character names): Howard M. Mitchell (Nicholas), Jacqueline Miller (W.U. Girl), Ralph Sanford (Policeman), John Sheehan (Policeman), Cliff Nazarro (Milkman), Phillip Terry (Whitley's Assistant), Lloyd Ford (Ethel's Husband), Rex Evans (Photo Insert of Hermann Göring) and Bobby Watson (Photo Insert of Adolf Hitler) (W.U. Girl undoubtedly stands for Western Union Girl, but no telegrams were seen delivered). In a Hollywood Reporter news item, Arno Frey and Dudley Dickerson were listed as cast members, but they were not seen either.
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"The Screen Guild Theater" broadcast a 30 minute radio adaptation of the movie on June 4, 1945 with William Powell reprising his film role.
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Reunites William Powell and Hedy Lamarr, who also starred as husband and wife in Crossroads (1942).
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The working title of this film was "The Stars Can Wait".
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The poem that James Craig's character cites are the opening lines of "Kubla Khan" by Samuel Taylor Coleridge: "In Xanadu did Kubla Khan, A stately pleasure-dome decree."
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This film's television premiere took place in Chicago Tuesday 23 April 1957 on WBBM (Channel 2), followed by Philadelphia Sunday 28 April 1957 on WFIL (Channel 6); it first aired in Cincinnati 4 May 1957 on WXIX (Channel 19) (Newport KY), in New Haven CT 5 May 1957 on WNHC (Channel 8), in Altoona PA 5 July 1957 on WFBG (Channel 10), in Los Angeles 9 July 1957 on KTTV (Channel 11), in Hartford CT 13 July 1957 on WHCT (Channel 18), in Seattle 17 August 1957 on KING (Channel 5), in Norfolk VA 23 August 1957 on WTAR (Channel 3), in New York City 14 September 1957 on WCBS (Channel 2), and in Minneapolis 9 December 1957 on KMGM (Channel 9); it was first telecast in San Francisco 10 November 1958 on KGO (Channel 7).
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