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Balalaika(1939)

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According to pre-production news items in Hollywood Reporter, M-G-M planned to make this film for two years before production actually began. Although Ilona Massey was slated for the lead, the studio also considered revising the script as a vehicle for Miliza Korjus. Another news item in Hollywood Reporter adds that Nelson Eddy and Ilona Massey spent four weeks pre-recording their musical numbers before filming began. The film received an Academy Award nomination in the Sound Recording category.