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Living in a Big Way(1947)

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Working titles for this film were Life's for the Loving and To Kiss and To Keep. The film marked Gene Kelly's first film since returning from his two-year stint in the Army. It was also the last film made by Gregory La Cava, who died in 1952. Hollywood Reporter production charts include Robert Rose and Bunny Gaines in the cast, but their appearance in the released film has not been confirmed. Although Randall Duell is listed as the film's art director in the first Hollywood Reporter production chart, the extent of his contribution to the released film has not been determined. Some contemporary sources erroneously spell actress Marie McDonald's last name "MacDonald."
       According to modern sources, only one dance number, the "It Had to Be You" sequence, was written into the original script. The additional dance numbers were invented by Gene Kelly and were added to the film after the initial shooting was completed. The construction site dance number is often used in documentaries on film dancing and on Kelly. A biography of Kelly notes that the performer disliked the script and hated working with McDonald. It also notes that production on the film dragged on for nine months because of a union stike. Kelly, who was on the Screenwriters' Guild board of directors at the time, served as one of the arbitrators in the dispute and reportedly helped bring about the end of the strike.