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The film's title card reads: "William Faulkner's The Sound and the Fury." The film, unlike the novel, concentrates on "Quentin's" story rather than on the dynamics of the Compson family. Although a Hollywood Reporter production chart places Jean Carson in the cast, she was not in the released film. According to Filmfacts, Carson's scenes were cut from the final print. Although a June 1958 Hollywood Reporter news item notes that Sammy Cahn and Alex North were hired to compose a title song for the picture, the released print contained no such song. Jerry Wald, Martin Ritt, Irving Ravetch and Harriet Frank, Jr. had previously worked together on The Long, Hot Summer. The normally head-shaved Yul Brynner had hair in this picture. On December 6, 1955, NBC broadcast a televised version of Faulkner's novel, directed by Victor J. Donehue and starring Franchot Tone, Ethel Waters and Janice Rule.