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Experiment Perilous

Experiment Perilous(1944)

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According to pre-production news items in Hollywood Reporter, this film was originally to be produced by David Hempstead and star Cary Grant. After Hempstead terminated his contract with RKO, Grant dropped out of the project and Robert Fellows was assigned to produce it. Gregory Peck was then slated to star in the male lead, but a prior commitment to David O. Selznick productions forced him to bow out of the picture. Other pre-production news items in Hollywood Reporter add that Leonide Moguy was initially signed to direct the film and that RKO considered Maureen O'Hara and Laraine Day for the female leads. RKO borrowed Hedy Lamarr from M-G-M and Carl Esmond from Paramount to appear in the film. To create the snow storm sequence, the studio used one hundred tons of ice and six wind machines, according to another news item in Hollywood Reporter. In an interview printed in a modern source, Paula Raymond stated that she dubbed Lamarr's songs in this picture. The picture was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Art Direction. George Brent reprised his role in a Lux Radio Theatre broadcast on September 10, 1945, co-starring Virginia Bruce.