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7.  The real Margaret Brown was never called Molly. She was Maggie.  Meredith Wilson thought "Molly" sounded better and was easier to sing.

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10.)  Ed Begley, who plays the father of Debbie Reynolds, gets a chance to display his lighter side in this.  He usually is associated with  more dramatic roles.

Next:   The Manchurian Candidate

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3.  The movie came out in October 1962.   United Artists withdrew the film from release following the assassination of JFK.   In 1972, Sinatra bought the rights to the movie.  In 1987, The New York Film Festival screened it for the film's 25th anniversary.  With the renewed interest, UA bought the rights back and rereleased The Manchurian Candidate  to theaters in 1988.  

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5.  Initially, United Artists thought it was too controversial to make.  Sinatra was friends with JFK, who was a fan of the book, and asked the president to put in a good word at United Artists.  Richard Condon later told a Sinatra biographer, "That's the only way the film ever got made. It took Frank going directly to Jack Kennedy." 

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6.)  Leslie Parrish plays a small but pivotal role in this.  She's a good example of someone who should have become a big star.  She certainly had the beauty and the talent, but for some reason, her career never really took off.

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7.  Janet Leigh plays Eugenie Rose Chaney.  Her character meets a shaky Sinatra on a train, engages in some odd dialogue, and she breaks off her engagement and takes up with Sinatra. 

Roger Ebert wondered if there was more to Rosie's character:  "...Soon she has broken off an engagement and taken up with Marco, leaving us to wonder what in the hell that dialogue was about. Was it in code? Was Marco hallucinating? It seems strange that the Chinese brainwashed the entire patrol, but needed only Raymond as an assassin. Why, then, spare the others with their nightmares and suspicions? Is Sinatra's Maj. Marco another Manchurian sleeper, and is Rosie his controller?"

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10.  In the original novel, the incestuous relationship between Eleanor Iselin and her son is much more explicit -- after he is hypnotized, she sleeps with him because he reminds her of her own father (who had sexually abused her as a child, but whom she nevertheless grew to love and idolize, and who died rather young). This is only suggested in the 1962 film by a single mouth-to-mouth kiss between Lansbury and Harvey.

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Sure, thanks!  As long as we're on the subject of movies that had to be toned down from the original source material, how about...

Next:  Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1958)

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1.  Of the original Broadway cast only Burl Ives as Big Daddy and Madelaine Sherwood as Mae were part of the 1958 movie.

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2.  In order to comply with the Hays code, the screenplay deliberately obscures the nature of Brick (Paul Newman)'s sexual orientation, to the point where the exact motivations of several main characters becomes unclear.  For this and other reasons, and despite the undeniable skill of the actors involved, playwright Tennessee Williams was less than thrilled with the result (reportedly warning those waiting in line, "This movie will set the industry back 50 years. Go home!")

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3.  Burl Ives was only one year older than his on-screen son, Jack Carson and 16 years older than Paul Newman.

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5.  Taylor fell ill only a week into shooting--which, ironically, prevented her death: she was too ill to travel with husband Mike Todd to New York for a ceremony honoring him.  His plane crashed, killing everyone onboard.  (It was nearly a month before she recovered sufficiently enough from this event to resume filming.)

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7 hours ago, Peebs said:

3.  Burl Ives was only one year older than his on-screen son, Jack Carson and 16 years older than Paul Newman.

This is interesting, because Pat Hingle (who had originated Jack Carson's role on Broadway) was only 6 months older than Paul Newman--although, like Burl Ives, Hingle could easily pass for a decade older than his true age (as in Splendor in the Grass, as Warren Beatty's father).  The brothers' exact age difference isn't specified in the play, although Gooper (sometimes addressed as "Brother Man") is implicitly the older one.

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