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Song of Russia (1944) Poster

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This film was the subject of inquiry by the House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC) in October 1947. Testimony as to the distortions of Soviet life presented in the film was provided by Ayn Rand, screenwriter and author of "The Fountainhead" and 'Atlas Shrugged". Rand was born in Russia, but left in 1926. Rand derided the depictions of Russian peasants who owned radios and had access to long distance telephones as well as showing a "traditional Russian wedding dance' with peasant women doing the Charleston with spiked heels in church.
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This was Robert Taylor's last acting role before he entered military service during World War II.
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Robert Taylor later said he regretted making the film.
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Keenan Wynn and Harry Hayden were announced as cast members, but they did not appear in the film. Elliott Sullivan tested for the role of "General Philip Golikov" but he was not in the film.
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Director Gregory Ratoff collapsed on the set on 29 June 1943; Laslo Benedek took over as director for the remainder of the principal photography and for the October 1943 retakes. It is not known who directed the retakes needed in September 1943.
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A snow battle sequence was filmed in the Sierra Mountains of California in March 1943 with experts Eric Lundquist and Nils Larsen portraying Polish skiers, but the sequence was not used in the film.
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Although this film was included among the more than 700 titles in the MGM feature film library sold to television in 1956, its reputation prevented it from being shown in most of the major markets; in San Francisco it was first telecast Saturday 26 December 1959 on KGO-TV (Channel 7), and in Salt Lake City television viewers finally got a look at it Monday 10 October 1960 on KCPX (Channel 4).
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This film was completed in 1943, and trade shown in New York City 28 December 1943, but it was not officially premiered and widely released until February 1944.
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