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(1956)

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During filming, Alec Guinness met James Dean, just days before the young actor's death. Sir Alec later recalled predicting that Dean would die in a car crash: when Dean showed Guinness his newly-bought Porsche, Guinness advised him to "Get rid of that car, or you'll be dead in a week!" Guinness unfortunately proved right.
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This was Sir Alec Guinness's first American film.
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In this film, Princess Alexandra (Grace Kelly) is courted by Prince Albert. Kelly later named her son Prince Albert of Monaco.
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Grace Kelly became a real princess when she married Prince Rainier of Monaco the same year that this film was released.
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The film was shot on location in North Carolina, at the 1895 Biltmore Estate of George Vanderbilt (situated in Asheville) and at Lake Junaluska.
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This was the second time in two years that Jessie Royce Landis played Grace Kelly's mother. The first was in To Catch a Thief (1955). These were the only two films in which both actresses appeared together.
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MGM released the film on 18 April 1956, to correspond with the wedding day of Grace Kelly and Prince Rainier of Monaco.
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This is the third adaptation of Ferenc Molnár's play "The Swan". The previous adaptations were The Swan (1925) and One Romantic Night (1930).
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Dr Agi points out the star Vega to Alexandra. Vega is notably part of the Summer Triangle, a constellation made from other constellations: Aquila the Hawk, Lyra the lyre... and Cygnus the swan.
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Rex Harrison and Joseph Cotten were offered the role of Prince Albert.
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Jessie Royce Landis and Leo G. Carroll were also both in North by Northwest (1959), but had no scenes together.
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