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Confirm or Deny(1941)

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The following information about the production is derived from Hollywood Reporter news items: Twentieth Century-Fox reportedly paid $20,000 for Henry Wales and Samuel Fuller's screen story, which, at the time, was "close to a record for an original by comparatively unknown writers." Wales was formerly a foreign press correspondent. Tyrone Power was originally set to star in Confirm or Deny, and Fritz Lang was scheduled to direct it. In early July 1941, Lang spent three days observing the daily routine at the Associated Press bureau to prepare himself for the picture. After six days of shooting, however, Lang was replaced by Archie Mayo when he suffered gall bladder problems. It is not known how much, if any, of Lang's footage is included in the released film. Fred Kohlmar was initially set to produce the picture, but when he left Twentieth Century-Fox to work at Paramount, production responsibilities were personally assumed by Darryl F. Zanuck. Len Hammond was made the film's active producer when Zanuck was detained by other pictures. Tommy Kelly and Denis Hoey were scheduled to appear in the film, but their appearance in the released picture has not been confirmed.
       According to information in the Twentieth Century-Fox Records of the Legal Department at the UCLA Arts-Special Collections Library, Edmund Gwenn was originally signed for the role of Jeff, but was released from his contract at his own request. Although a September 26, 1941 studio press release stated that the songs "He's My Uncle," sung by Janis Carter, and "America, I Love You," sung by Joan Bennett, would be in the film, only "Bless 'Em All," is included in the released picture. The film marked the screen debut of actress Helene Reynolds. According to a August 20, 1941 Hollywood Reporter news item, Confirm or Deny was to have a special promotional trailer similar to the one for Charley's Aunt, in which stars of various Twentieth Century-Fox films discussed their current roles. This special trailer was to feature Don Ameche, Gene Tierney of Belle Starr and Anne Baxter of Swamp Water, but it apparently was not produced.