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The Stork Club(1945)

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This film was B. G. DeSylva's first independent production following his relinquishing of the post of executive producer in charge of production at Paramount. A Hollywood Reporter news item on the day production began noted that actor Noel Madison was to make his debut as a feature director with this film, but by April 24, 1945, he had withdrawn from the film and was replaced by Hal Walker. Madison later became a producer and director. On July 13, 1945, Hollywood Reporter announced that associate producer Harold Wilson took over the final preparations for the film because B. G. DeSylva was ill. According to news items in Hollywood Reporter, DeSylva purchased the right to use the Stork Club's name from his friend, Sherman Billingsley. More than seven hundred photographs of the Stork Club at 3 East 53rd Street in New York City were taken to guide the set designers for this film. The film marked the debut of singer Andy Russell. Hollywood Reporter also noted that in mid-January 1945, Danny Kaye was considered for Betty Hutton's co-star in the film. Harry Hays Morgan, who had a bit role in the film, was formerly in the diplomatic service in Europe and was a member of the American Olympic bobsled team for two years.