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In Name Only

In Name Only(1939)

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The working titles of this film were Memory of Love, and The Kind Men Marry. It was issued its MPPDA certification number under the title Memory of Love. News items in Hollywood Reporter note that Douglas Fairbanks Jr. was originally slated to play the role of Alec Walker. The film was filmed on location at San Marino, CA. According to a letter contained in the MPAA/PCA Collection at the AMPAS Library, the Hays Office rejected the first script that RKO sent them for approval. In that script, "Alec" learns that "Julie" is pregnant and that he has only six months to live, and rather than let her suffer the pain of his death, he accuses her of blackmail and sends her away. Joseph I. Breen, director of the studio relations office of the Associated Motion Picture Producers, deemed that version unacceptable because Alec's illicit relationship with Julie is condoned and thus "undermines the sanctity of the home and the institution of marriage." The sexual affair between "Julie" and "Alec" was then toned down by the elimination of Julie's pregnancy in the released film and by substituting a happy ending in which Julie and Alec plan to wed. In 1939, the Lux Radio Theater presented a radio version of the story starring Carole Lombard and Cary Grant.