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The Girl of the Golden West(1938)


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Giacomo Puccini wrote an opera based on the David Belasco play entitled La Fanciulla del west, with a libretto by Guelfo Civinini and Carlo Zangarini, that had its premiere in New York on December 10, 1910. According to a news item in Hollywood Reporter on December 18, 1936, when M-G-M purchased the rights to the Belasco play they decided against using the Puccini score in favor of completely new music by Sigmund Romberg, with lyrics by Gus Kahn. According to Hollywood Reporter production charts and the Call Bureau Cast Service, Ray Bolger and Carol Tevis were originally cast in the picture, but they were not in the released film. A Hollywood Reporter news item on November 8, 1937 noted that M-G-M was purchasing a song entitled "I Own a Palomino" to be sung by Buddy Ebsen in the film, however, it was not included in the released film. News items in Motion Picture Daily and International Photographer noted that John M. Nicholaus and his staff were planning to introduce a new "toning effect," in a pastel shade, if the process were perfected in time for the picture's premiere. The film was released in Sepia, and according to the Variety review, it was "mostly the warm browns to which Metro has been partial, but occasional indigo sepia tints are also spliced in." The review May be referring to the new Nicholaus process mentioned in International Photographer and Motion Picture Daily. In an ad for the film that appeared in Hollywood Reporter on March 18, 1938, a number of persons who worked on the production were acknowedged with "thanks." Among the persons listed in the ad whose exact responsibilities on the picture have not been determined are, Jack Mackenzie, James Harper, Cliff Wright, Al White, Richard Hendrickson, Tommy Griffin, M. Cline, Ted Schilz, George Macon, Ted Tetrich, Olga Collins, Anne Lawson and James Keefe. Other film adaptations of the Belasco play include a 1915 Jesse L. Lasky production directed by Cecil B. DeMille, starring Mabel Van Buren and Theodore Roberts (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1911-20; F1. 1589); a 1923 Associated First National film directed by Edwin Carewe, with Sylvia Breamer and J. Warren Kerrigan; and a 1930 First National Picture, directed by John Francis Dillon, and starring Ann Harding and James Rennie (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1921-30; F2. 2098 and F2. 2099).