Attempts to make the film during the 1930s were blocked by the British Board of Film Censors. Permission was only granted when the Second World War had swept aside the high unemployment and social conditions of the period the film is set in.
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Harry's 22 pound winnings in 1930, with inflation, would be worth 1320 pounds in 2016; according to the Bank of England inflation converter.
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Deborah Kerr recalled that this featured her first screen kiss but that in a quest for realism the director had real, rotting refuse put in the neighboring bins.
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There was considerable difficulty getting the film released in the US. The Production Code Administration found "insufficient compensating moral values for illicit sex", and objected to the profanity and use of vulgar expressions, and even favourable reviews in the Irish Catholic press failed to sway their opinion. In 1945, Anglo-American agreed to record additional dialogue suggesting that Sally and Grundy were married, cut eighteen pages of the script and the scene where Mrs Hardcastle bathes her husband.
Ronald Gow first adapted Walter Greenwood's novel into a play in 1934, the first success of his future wife Wendy Hiller as Sally. The production opened in Manchester, toured Britain with a run in London, as well as New York and Paris.
In the extant print of the film, at 9:44 (in the Pawnbroker scene) and 1.17:22 (the end of the hospital scene), the words "EXAMINED U.S. CUSTOMS NEW YORK N.Y." are seen, rubber stamped vertically, directly on to the film itself. What this means, one might assume, is this is the copy that American audiences saw. It contains the rather modest "father bathing" scene and no added dialogue suggesting Sally and Grundy are married, as described above as possibly would be in an adjusted version for Yankee sensibilities.
'Love On The Dole' was used as the title and subject of a song in the 1930s Unity Theatre production 'Babes in the Wood'.
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Jessie Matthews tested for the role of Sally, but it was felt that having a major star in the cast would unbalance the film.
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