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Mrs. Parkington

Mrs. Parkington(1944)


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Louis Bromfield's novel was first published in Cosmopolitan. According to the CBCS, European release prints of the film included characters not in the domestic version. Hugo Haas, playing a Balkan king, replaced Cecil Kellaway as "Edward, Prince of Wales" in the American cast, and Tala Birell, who plays "Lady Norah Ebbsworth" in the U.S. version, appeared as a countess in the European version. In addition, the CBCS lists at least three actors-Ann Codee, Frank Reicher and George Davis-who were not in the final U.S. version but May have been in the European version. They are listed as playing French characters, and it is possible that scenes set in France were shot but were cut from the final U.S. version or were shot only for the European version.
       Hollywood Reporter news items and production charts add the following information about the production: Donna Reed was cast in a part, but did not appear in the completed film. Madeleine LeBeau tested for the role of Lady Norah. Nana Bryant and Dewey Robinson were listed as cast members in Hollywood Reporter news items, but they were not in the released film. Another news item includes June Hillman in the cast, but her appearance in the final film has not been confirmed. Although Hollywood Reporter reported that Peter Lawford's character, "Lord Thornley," was to "make love" to Greer Garson's in the story, his part was reduced to one line in the U.S. version. The production, which required six weeks of tests and costume fittings, was shot chronologically, beginning with the 1872 sequence. The fox hunt sequence was filmed at Morrison Ranch, Agoura, CA. Locations were scouted in Nevada, but it is not known if any scenes were actually shot there. Although M-G-M publicity items state that Henrique Medina was to paint a portrait of Garson for the film, no such portrait was seen in the viewed print. It is possible that Medina painted a portrait of Walter Pidgeon for the picture, however. Garson and Pidgeon appeared together as husband and wife for the fourth time in this film. Garson was nominated for an Academy Award as Best Actress, but lost to Ingrid Bergman in M-G-M's Gaslight. On November 25, 1946, Lux Radio Theatre broadcast a radio adaptation of the film, starring Garson and Pidgeon, and on October 21, 1948, Hallmark Playhouse broadcast a version starring Rosalind Russell.