When George Cukor
arrived in Vienna to take over as director, he replaced Cinematographer James Wong Howe
with Charles Lang
. (Howe later wrote that he agreed with this choice, as it wasn't really his type of movie.) Also, Cukor brought in Screenwriter Walter Bernstein
to do re-writes on the script. Bernstein found the original script so ridiculous that he told Cukor, "My best advice to you is to get rid of Dirk Bogarde
and get Sid Caesar
. Then just film it." Bernstein and Cukor worked on the script as the movie was being filmed, often completing scenes on the night before they were shot. See more
I met Franz at a musical party. I remember he played a ballade in A-flat major by Chopin. I thought I'd never seen anything as beautiful as Franz looked when he sat at the piano. I... I wanted to cry. He watched me as he played; Franz never fails to notice a pretty woman in his audience. Afterward, he followed me into the hall. I remember he said, "May I escort you somewhere, madame?" And I said, "Yes." And he said, "Where?" And I said, "Paradise." He didn't smile - he said, "I'll call a ...