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*Did You Know..............* *_Summer Stock_* *(1950)*

 

 

*The number "_Heavenly Music_" was originally a trio with Gene Kelly, Phil Silvers and Judy Garland. Garland didn't show up to work the day of shooting and they filmed the scene without her.*

 

*Judy Garland's last film for MGM.*

 

 

*One one particular day of fiming, Judy Garland was said to be "not in a fit state to work" so Gene Kelly feigned a fall so that she would be able to take the day off.*

 

 

*Judy Garland was supposed to make one more MGM musical, _Royal Wedding_ (1951) with Fred Astaire, but was fired from that production, making this her MGM swansong.*

 

*This would be the last time that Gene Kelly and Judy Garland were paired together onscreen.*

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*Did You Know........* *"_Cover Girl_"*

 

*Columbia Pictures gave Gene Kelly almost complete control over the making of this film, and many of his ideas contributed to its lasting success. He removed several of the soundstage walls so that he, Rita Hayworth, and Phil Silvers could dance along an entire street in one take. He also used trick photography so that he could dance with himself in one sequence.*

 

 

*Rita Hayworth's singing voice was dubbed by Martha Mears.*

 

 

*As she stated in her autobiography, Lauren Bacall had been wanted by Columbia to appear in this film as Harper's Bazaar cover girl (as she had appeared on Harper's Bazaar cover in March 1943), but instead filmed To Have and Have Not (1944) at Warner Bros. and became a star.*

 

 

*The song "Put Me To the Test" was a complete reworking of an instrumental used in the 1937 Fred Astaire musical "A Damsel in Distress". The lyrics for it had already been written by Ira Gershwin, and the original melody by his brother George, but because the song had already been heard only as an instrumental in that film, George Gershwin's melody was discarded in favor of a new one by Jerome Kern when "Cover Girl" was made, and Ira Gershwin's lyrics to the song were finally heard.*

 

 

*During the middle of shooting Rita Hayworth eloped with Orson Welles. Coincidentally the film's wedding scene was shot that day*

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Did you know Plan 9 From Outer Space was so bad that in its second or third year at the movies it went to the 1950's Cannes Film Festival and won the Chicken Award for worst movie ever.

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Did you know that on this date in 1962, the "hot line" between the Kremlin and the White House was installed? Unfortunately, President Kennedy was forced to wait in the Oval Office all day, since the phone company could only promise they'd be there sometime between noon and 6 p.m.

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> {quote:title=scsu1975 wrote:}{quote}

> Did you know that on this date in 1962, the "hot line" between the Kremlin and the White House was installed? Unfortunately, President Kennedy was forced to wait in the Oval Office all day, since the phone company could only promise they'd be there sometime between noon and 6 p.m.

 

Did he ever have to answer the "hot line" at 3 a.m.? If so, what did he say?

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*Did You Know......* _Nightmare Alley_ (1947) To make the film look believable, the films producers built a full working carnival on 10 acres (40,000 m?) of the 20th Century Fox back lot. They also hired over 100 sideshow attractions and carnival men in an attempt to make the film look authentic.

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