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(1932)

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For a time Warner Brothers did not have a print of the original Technicolor version and it was assumed to be lost. The Technicolor version was finally discovered in the private collection of studio head Jack L. Warner after his death in 1978 and restored by the UCLA Archives.
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Contrary to Technicolor's edict, Warner Brothers also shot a black-and-white version of the film. The Technicolor version was shot by Ray Rennahan and the B&W version by Richard Towers. The camera angles of the the two versions are considerably different, with the Technicolor camera given priority for the best compositions. Two of these, for example, are Lee Tracy and Mae Busch in the house of prostitution scene and the sequence with Tracy in the skeleton room.
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Warner Bros. paid $5,000 for the rights to the play.
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This is the film for which Michael Curtiz is quoted as saying, "This will make your blood curl!"
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The New York waterfront sequences were shot on the still standing Twinkletoes (1926) set left over from the 1926 Colleen Moore vehicle, in which in stood in for London's Limehouse District.
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The play of the same title opened on Broadway in New York City, New York, USA at the Hudson Theatre, 141 W. 44th St., on 9 February 1931 and had 80 performances.
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The scene on the beach was filmed at Laguna Beach.
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The second film at Warner Bros. to be shot with the "improved" Technicolor two-strip "Process 3" that had a much finer grain, resulting in better color and clarity. The first one was Manhattan Parade (1931). Warner Bros. abandoned the format (as did other studios) due to its expense and lackluster box office.
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Jeff Martin of the band Racer X wrote the song "Dr. X" about this movie. To provide a clue, a lyric goes, "A scream from Fay, a Wray of moon."
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The black and white version was distributed to smaller markets while the more expensive Technicolor prints were reserved for theaters in large cities.
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Lionel Atwill's first major film.
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Fay Wray remarked upon working with Michael Curtiz during production, many years later. She said that the director would keep pacing up and down in front of the actors during their lunch hour, trying to intimidate them.
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