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Christopher Columbus (1949) Poster

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Cyril Cusack was cast in this film but dropped out before filming could began.
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Stewart Granger was originally announced in the lead role.
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James Mason was considered for the lead.
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Filming had to be delayed for a while because Fredric March - who had recently had an operation - suffered a relapse.
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Two replica ships were built for the film. One of them broke away from its moorings during a storm and drifted for several days, with members of the crew on board, before it was retrieved. The other ship was burnt in an accidental fire. It had to be rebuilt at the cost of an additional £100,000.
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Fredric March collapsed from heatstroke one day when filming on location in Barbados.
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Fredric March was very disappointed with the final film and actively sought to have its distribution limited.
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This portrait of Columbus did not go down well with the Franco government in Spain.
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Budgeted at a then-very expensive £500,000, J. Arthur Rank was convinced that this would be one of his biggest hits. He was severely hurt by the fact it only recouped £121,000.
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One of seven films Fredric March made with his wife, Florence Eldridge.
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Christopher Columbus was 41 when he set sail for the New World. Fredric March was 52 when he made this film.
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Finnish visa register number T-30829 delivered on 29-11-1994 (video).
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