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BUtterfield 8 (1960) Poster

(1960)

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Elizabeth Taylor and her husband, Mike Todd, had planned for Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1958) to be her final film, as she intended to retire from the screen. Todd had made a verbal agreement about this with MGM, but after his death, MGM forced Taylor to make this film in order to fulfill the terms of her studio contract. As a result, Taylor refused to speak to the director for the entire production, and hated the film.
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Before Elizabeth Taylor could start Cleopatra (1963) for a $1 million salary, she was legally bound to finish her MGM contract by doing this film, which she hated, for her standard $125,000 salary.
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Elizabeth Taylor had stated many times over the years that she disliked this movie and felt she won the Oscar because of her recent illness rather than for the quality of her performance.
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In-joke: During the brief shot of an elevator-adjacent directory of tenants in an office building, one of the names listed is Ben-Hur (1959) -- the studio's big hit of the previous year.
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Prior to the advent of digital technology, telephone exchanges were named instead of being numbered. Thus, Butterfield 8 (BU8 or 288) was the name of the exchange that provided service to ritzy precincts of Manhattan's Upper East Side
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David Janssen was supposed to play the part of Steve Carpenter but Elizabeth Taylor demanded that the studio cast her husband, Eddie Fisher, instead.
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Weston's car is a 1957 Mercedes-Benz 300d "Adenauer" - the make's top-of-the-line production car at the time, and in a rare beige color. It would have cost $6,600 at the time which equates to $59,300 in 2018.
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This film features the only dramatic role in Eddie Fisher's career, and the only film he made - in a major credited role - with wife Elizabeth Taylor. Just a year before, in Suddenly, Last Summer (1959), Fisher had briefly appeared, uncredited, in one scene with Liz.
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Gloria's little red car is a 1960 Sunbeam Alpine Series 1.
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Not only is the name Ben Hur listed on a directory in an office building, it's also the film playing at a downtown theater, and "Ben-Hur" is clearly seen on the marquee in an exterior shot.
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According to a contemporary story in The Hollywood Reporter, Eddie Albert was initially considered for the role of Steve.
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The second and last credited feature film role of Eddie Fisher.
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Average Shot Length = ~11.3 seconds. Median Shot Length = ~10.8 seconds.
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John O'Hara's 1935 novel is about the death of a call-girl and could not be filmed due to the Production Code. The novel was based on the death of Starr Faithfull, a 25-year-old woman whose body washed up onto the shore of Long Island in 1931 and became a sensation in the New York press due to her checkered sexual history.
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This picture and Elmer Gantry (1960) are the only two films in which actresses (Elizabeth Taylor and Shirley Jones) win Oscars at the same time for playing prostitutes (Taylor for Best Actress and Jones for Best Supporting Actress).
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The clip of the car crash near the end of the film was reused in MGM's Wicked, Wicked (1973).
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