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11th August

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Battle Hymn (1957)

Robert Mitchum lobbied for the lead role. However, the real Col. Dean Hess
wouldn't hear of a former jailbird portraying him. He   personally approved Rock Hudson instead.


Adam's Rib (1949)

Ranked #7 on the American Film Institute's list of the 10 greatest films in the genre "Romantic Comedy" in June 2008.

Included among the American Film Institute's 1998 list of the 400 movies   nominated for the Top 100 Greatest American Movies.

 Included among the American Film Institute's 2000 list   of the Top 100 Funniest American Movies.

 This film was selected into the National Film Registry in 1992 for being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically   significant."

The movie's line "Licorice, mmmm. If there's anything I'm a sucker for, it's licorice." was voted as the #60 of "The 100 Greatest Movie Lines" by Premiere in 2007.


Top Secret Affair (1957)

Under the title "Melville Goodwin, USA", the film was to star Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall - both of whom had already filmed costume and makeup tests - but Bogart's terminal illness forced his withdrawal from the project. He was replaced by Kirk Douglas. Bacall withdrew shortly afterward, opting instead to remain at home with her dying husband, and was replaced by Susan Hayward.



Hangman's Knot (1952)

After the scene of Lee Marvin holding Donna Reed   against the wall, she was so terrified by him that she   did not let him come near her on and off the set. 



April in Paris (1952)

Doris Day wrote in her autobiography that she only encountered trouble or tension on two of her Warner Bros. movies: 'April in Paris' and Young at Heart (1954). Regarding this film, she claimed that leading man Ray Bolger and director David Butler clashed early on, with Butler accusing Bolger of trying to steal scenes away from Day. Day also mentioned that, being a relative newcomer to movies, she was unaware of Bolger's tricks and managed to stay out of the line of fire.


Honolulu (1939)

Final film appearance of George Burns and Gracie  Allen together. 



The Last Remake of Beau Geste (1977)

 The conception of this movie was actually a mistake. Writer and Director Marty Feldman had based the concept on an almost ludicrous misapprehension. Feldman had wanted to send up foreign legion movies like Beau Geste (1939).   A screening of Beau Geste (1939) was organized for   Feldman, who said: "I'd only sat looking at the picture   for   about ten minutes when it dawned on me that I   hadn't   meant 'Beau Geste' at all. The picture I'd been   thinking of   all along was 'Four Feathers'". "The Four   Feathers", like   "Beau Geste" had been remade   numerous times. There   had existed several versions   of "The Four Feathers": Four Feathers (1915), The Four Feathers (1921), The Four Feathers (1929), The Four Feathers (1939), and "The Four Feathers" filmed under the title of Storm Over the Nile (1955). Also, later versions have included The Four Feathers (1978) and The Four Feathers (2002). Feldman felt that "The Last Remake of Four Feathers" didn't sound quite right, so proceeded with his mistake to make "The Last Remake of Beau Geste" anyway.


The Violent Men (1955)

'Edward G. Robinson' may seem oddly cast in a western, but he was a rush replacement for 'Broderick Crawford' who early on in  shooting fell off his horse and was injured. Robinson  would later appear in the western Cheyenne Autumn  (1964), this time replacing the ill Spencer Tracy who  had to bail out. 


Once More, with Feeling! (1960)


 Final film of Kay Kendall, released posthumously after   her untimely death in September 1959 at the age of 33



Angel on My Shoulder (1946)

After his definitive performance in Scarface (1932), Paul Muni vowed never to play a gangster again. This tactic worked well for a couple of years, with an Academy Award for The Story of Louis Pasteur (1936) and an Oscar nomination for The Life of Emile Zola (1937), but eventually the good parts started to dwindle. By 1946, Muni was keen to   play a major role again, so took the part of a gangster in this film.