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Please Believe Me(1950)

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According to a February 1949 Los Angeles Times news item, Van Johnson was orginally to star in this picture with Deborah Kerr. July 1949 Hollywood Reporter production charts also list Johnson's name, and a July 25, 1949 M-G-M News item notes that filming had begun with Johnson. By early Aug, however, Johnson's name had been replaced with that of Mark Stevens, who portrayed the character "Matthew Kinston" in the film. Although an April 1949 Hollywood Reporter news item notes that Matthew Rapf was to work as Val Lewton's assistant, the extent of his contribution to the released film has not been determined. Please Believe Me was Lewton's first and only production for M-G-M. It also marked Robert Walker's return to the screen after an extended absence due to a six-month confinement in a sanitarium following a nervous breakdown. For more information on Walker, please see the entry above for One Touch of Venus. According to a modern source, M-G-M was so pleased with the film's script that they considered raising the budget and starring June Allison as "Alison Kirbe," but Lewton fought to keep Kerr on the film.