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21 Days Together

21 Days Together(1940)


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This picture, also titled 21 Days, Three Weeks Together and The First and the Last, was produced in Britain in 1937 before the international popularity of Laurence Olivier and Vivien Leigh. According to modern sources, Alexander Korda produced the film in order to provide a star-building role for Leigh. Korda interfered constantly during the film's production, rearranging shooting schedules, adding a sequence and changing the title to 21 Days. Modern sources also add that director Basil Dean never saw a rough cut or the finished product. Modern sources credit Frederick Pusey as assistant designer, John Guthrie as assistant editor and add the following to the cast: Wallace Lupino (Father) and Muriel George (Mother). In 1939, Columbia bought the film but delayed releasing it until after Leigh's success in Gone with the Wind.