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Casanova Brown(1944)

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The working title of this film was Casanova Q. Brown. Isobel Elsom's name was misspelled in the credits as "Isabel Elsom." A Hollywood Reporter production chart places Frank Puglia in the cast, but his participation in the released film has not been confirmed. This was the first film produced under the banner of International Pictures, an independent production company founded by former Twentieth Century-Fox production chief William Goetz and former RKO corporate president Leo Spitz. According to an article in Life magazine, producer Nunnally Johnson contracted to make two pictures a year for the new company. In exchange, International agreed to pay all the producer's expenses and give him 49 percent of the gross profits from each film. According to Hollywood Reporter news items, interiors and exteriors for the film were shot at Cedars of Lebanon Hospital in Los Angeles and backgrounds were filmed on the grounds of a hospital in Hurricane, UT. According to an unidentified contemporary source, the production employed twenty-six babies, who were each paid seventy-five dollars per day. Under the child welfare laws, the infants could spend only two hours a day at the studio. During that period, they were allowed to spend only a total of twenty minutes in front of the camera and were allowed to be under the lights only thirty seconds at a time. Teresa Wright was borrowed from Samuel Goldwyn Productions to appear in the film.
       According to a news item in Hollywood Reporter, the film had its world premiere on August 8, 1944 in sixteen different locations of liberated France. It was shown to soldiers in outdoor theaters in territory reclaimed from the Germans on the Normandy peninsula. The picture received the following Academy Award nominations: Best Art Direction, Best Score and Best Sound Recording. The Floyd Dell and Thomas Mitchell play also served as the basis for the 1930 Universal film Little Accident, starring Douglas Fairbanks, Jr. and Anita Page and directed by William James (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1921-30; F2.3102) and the 1939 Universal film of the same name starring Hugh Herbert and Florence Rice and directed by Charles Lamont (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1931-40; F3.2509) Gary Cooper reprised his role in a Lux Radio Theatre broadcast on December 11, 1944, co-starring Joan Bennett.