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A Double Life (1947) Poster

(1947)

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The role of Anthony John was originally written for Laurence Olivier. Olivier was unavailable when the film finally went into production.
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In the film, Ronald Colman plays a fictional actor who stars in the longest-running "Othello" in history. In real life, actor Paul Robeson, who had just become the first black actor to star in an otherwise white production of "Othello" on Broadway, had just completed the longest run of the play.
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In movie, Anthony John stars in a Broadway production of "Othello" that plays more than 300 performances and runs over a year. In reality, no production of a William Shakespeare play has chalked up anywhere near that many performances on Broadway; at best, most are lucky to run several months, like Richard Burton's four-month stint in a 1964 production of "Hamlet", which undoubtedly owed much of its success to his then-notorious relationship with Elizabeth Taylor.
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After shooting wrapped George Cukor presented Shelley Winters with a bust of Ronald Colman. The novice actress responded by giving him a box of pills for stomach cramps and heartburn.
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Shelley Winters was initially known professionally as Shelley Winter. Universal added the S to her last name when they billed her in the film.
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As a nervous seventeen year-old Shelley Winters read for the part of Scarlet O'Hara in Gone with the Wind (1939) with her Brookyln accent. George Cukor chased everyone out of his office, sent for two cokes, and advised her to go to college and visit public places to see how ordinary people walked and talked. It wasn't until after he had cast her in this film that he realized who she was.
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This was the first of five collaborations between George Cukor and the husband-and-wife writing team of Garson Kanin and Ruth Gordon between 1947 and 1980.
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The "Othello" scenes were filmed separately and in the exact order in which they occur in Shakespeare's play, so as to give Ronald Colman the feeling that he was actually appearing in "Othello". Colman felt uneasy about performing Shakespeare, so director George Cukor and Shakespearean actor Walter Hampden, who acted as coach and advisor for these scenes, tried to make Colman as comfortable as possible in them.
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The film's basic premise was borrowed from Men Are Not Gods (1936).
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Ronald Colman, who had never performed any Shakespeare before, considered Anthony John to be his most satisfying film role.
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Although this was not Shelley Winters' first screen role, it is considered to be the picture that launched her film career, and was the first of many films she made for Universal.
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Paddy Chayefsky, who played a photographer in the picture, was Garson Kanin's accountant at the time of production.This marked Chayefsky's first and only appearance as a screen actor.
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Cary Grant turned down the role of Anthony John, because he was nervous about performing Shakespeare. Plus, his agent convinced him that the role would be bad for his image.
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Ruth Gordon got the first of three Oscar nominations for writing for this film. She also earned two Oscar nomination for acting, finally winning for Rosemary's Baby (1968).
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Despite winning a Best Actor Oscar for this film (his third nomination), Ronald Colman made only two more feature films over the next 10 years until his death in 1958.
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Unable to get the desired reaction from Signe Hasso in one scene, he had her brother say something to her in Swedish that he knew would irritate her. It had the desired effect.
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Shelley Winters claimed for years afterward she thought she was nominated for Best Supporting Actress for the film. She wasn't.
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Although not released nationally until March 1948, the picture was screened in Los Angeles in late December 1947 to qualify for Academy Award consideration.
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Universal borrowed George Cukor from MGM for the production.
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The film's theater set was first used in The Phantom of the Opera (1925).
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Milt Harker, the manager of the Los Angeles office of the International News Service, served as technical advisor on the newspaper coverage scenes.
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The breakthrough role for Shelley Winters in her twentieth film.
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One day the nervous young Shelley Winters spilled water on Ronald Colman's hand. George Cukor soothed her by asking Colman to take her to lunch.
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Paddy Chayefsky, who later became a highly successful author and playwright ("Marty"), can be seen as an uncredited photographer at the death scene. According to Shelley Winters, Chayefsky needed the money to go to New York and get married.
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This was the initial release of Kanin Productions, a company headed by producer Michael Kanin and his brother, writer-director Garson Kanin.
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Screenwriter Fay Kanin, the wife and frequent collaborator of Michael Kanin, appeared briefly in the film as a cast member of Othello.
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Technical advisor Walter Hampden, who supervised the Othello sequences, was a well-known Broadway actor-manager, with an extensive background in Shakespeare.
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John Drew Colt, the son of renowned actress Ethel Barrymore, made his screen debut in the film.
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The working title of this film was Imagination.
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"A Double Life" is about an actor playing Othello. In December of 1947, the year that "A Double Life' was released, Arturo Toscanini, at that time considered the greatest conductor in the world, led a two-part radio broadcast performance of Giuseppe Verdi's "Otello", an operatic version of the play, with Ramón Vinay singing the title role.
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The only time that George Cukor was nominated for a Best Director Oscar in a non-Best Picture nominated film.
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The only film of 1947 to be nominated for Oscar nominated for Best Director, but not Best Picture.
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Although the Call Sheet lists John Derek as "Police Stenographer" he does not appear in the finished film.
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Finnish censorship visa register # 028942.
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At the beginning of the movie, posters show Anthony John starring in a play by Robert Emmet Sherwood, who wrote The Petrified Forest, Idiot's Delight, and other celebrated plays. During the 1940's Sherwood served as a speechwriter for President Franklin D. Roosevelt and wrote a book, published in 1949, Roosevelt and Hopkins: An Intimate History. The book won the 1949 Pulitzer Prize for Biography or Autobiography and a 1949 Bancroft Prize.
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