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(1943)

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Orson Welles did enough work behind the scenes that the production company offered him a producer credit, which he turned down. Welles' official reason for this is a belief that a person who is not directing the film shouldn't be "just" a producer.
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Director Robert Stevenson was a member of the Bronte Society.
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Composer Bernard Herrmann also wrote an operatic version of Emily Brontë's "Wuthering Heights."
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Joan Fontaine's sister Olivia de Havilland went on to portray Charlotte Brontë (the author of "Jane Eyre"), a couple of years later in Devotion (1946).
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Elizabeth Taylor's role as Helen Burns was uncredited.
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"Lux Radio Theater" broadcast a 60-minute radio adaptation of the movie on June 5, 1944, with Orson Welles reprising his film role.
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After securing the screen rights, David O. Selznick originally approached Orson Welles to play the role of Rochester opposite Selznick contractee Joan Fontaine. He got Aldous Huxley, John Houseman and Robert Stevenson involved. Ultimately, though, he sold the package to Darryl F. Zanuck and 20th Century-Fox.
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Director Robert Stevenson's wife, Anna Lee, was an early choice for the role played by Hillary Brooke.
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Ethel Griffies also played Grace Poole in the 1934 version (Jane Eyre (1934)), starring Colin Clive and Virginia Bruce.
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Jane's salary as governess at £30/year in 1839 equates to $146.55 at the time or about $3,840 in 2014.
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Edward Rochester's "guaranteed income" of $8,000/year in 1839 is the equivalent to $216,114.41 in 2019.
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At the time of the movie's release, Joan Fontaine was 25 and Orson Welles was 27, though they both portrayed a character several years younger/older than their true age, respectively.
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In December 1942 David O. Selznick conceived the idea of casting Suzanne Farrington as the young Jane. However, her father Leigh Holman was against his daughter following her mother's profession.
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Film debut (uncredited) of Adele Jergens.
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The role of Mr. Lloyd in the book has been changed to Dr. Rivers in the film.
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