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In the scene where Gregory Peck lifts up Ava Gardner, he threw out his knee and production had to close down while he recovered. Unfortunately, all the scenes of his lying down in his sickbed had been shot already.
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Ernest Hemingway disliked the film because he thought it cannibalized material from his other work to pad the story. He told friend Ava Gardner that the only things he liked about it were her and the hyena. It has been reported, but not confirmed, that director Henry King mimicked the hyena on the soundtrack.
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Although there was some impressive second unit work shot in Kenya, the principal actors shot their African scenes in Hollywood.
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Gregory Peck resisted taking the role because an earlier Ernest Hemingway adaptation he had appeared in, The Macomber Affair (1947) had been a box-office flop.
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The failure of the original copyright holder to renew the film's copyright resulted in it falling into public domain, meaning that virtually anyone could duplicate and sell a VHS/DVD copy of the film. Therefore, many of the versions of this film available on the market are either severely (and usually badly) edited and/or of extremely poor quality, having been duped from second- or third-generation (or more) copies of the film.
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This film was the second ever to be broadcast on NBC-TV's ground-breaking "Saturday Night at the Movies" series, September 30, 1961.
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Scenes with Hildegard Knef singing two Cole Porter songs ("Just One Of Those Things" and "Alles War So Leer/You Do Something To Me") were shot but not used for the final cut, although the latter remained in the German version.
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Humphrey Bogart, Richard Conte and Marlon Brando were all reported to be under consideration for the male lead, as was Dale Robertson.
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This was the second of two films in which Gregory Peck portrayed the protagonist from an Ernest Hemingway work. The first was The Macomber Affair (1947).
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Gene Tierney and Anne Francis were considered for the Ava Gardner role.
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When the film was shot, Ava Gardner was married to Frank Sinatra, who severely argued about the fact that she had to go to Africa because of the making of the movie. So, Gardner insisted to the director Henry King so that the scenes with her had to be taken the most quickly possible.
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Roy Ward Baker directed the location footage, Henry King directed all the studio footage.
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Cinematographer Joseph MacDonald filled in for a period when Leon Shamroy fell ill.
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Ava Gardner's second film based an Ernest Hemingway short story, after "The Killers" (1946). Both were short tales that had to be expanded considerably by their screenwriters to become feature-length films.
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While the "African" roles are played by Americans and they speak with American accents, their Kiswahili lines (as those of Harry) are in most cases passable and what they are saying is appropriate to the action. For example, when Harry asks Molo where the memsaab (Helen) has gone, Molo tells him that she "has gone to get meat." Then he says,"memsaab is coming now."
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The countess has a bohemian lifestyle whereas Cynthia wants to be a homebody. In real life Ava Gardner led a Bohemian lifestyle while Hildegard Knef (who endured the rise and fall of the Third Reich and the Soviet occupation) was more reserved.
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Uncle Bill is Harry's mentor. He is loosely based on Hemingway's mentor, Sherwood Anderson.
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The second-unit scenes filmed in Africa were photographed by Charles G. Clarke.
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