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Nothing Sacred

Nothing Sacred(1937)

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According to various New York Times articles, this film cost over one million dollars to make, model Betty Douglas was loaned by Walter Wanger's company, and the film marked the first use in a color film of process effects, montage and rear projection. Backgrounds for the rear projection scenes were filmed on the streets of New York. New York Times notes that after this first use in a color film of process shots, which involved the projection of film onto transparent screens, Paramount developed the method further.
       New York Times rated the film "one of the most entertaining shows of the season" and Variety agreed, calling it "one of the top comedies of the season." Modern sources note that Ben Hecht wrote the screenplay in two weeks on a train, and that Budd Schulberg and Dorothy Parker were called in to write the final scenes. Modern sources also list the following additional credits: Contract Writer David O. Selznick, William Wellman, Sidney Howard, Moss Hart, George S. Kaufman and Robert Carson; Aerial photog Wilfred M. Cline; Music Director Louis Forbes; Production Manager Raymond A. Klune; Scen asst Barbara Keon ; Publicity dir Russell Birdwell. A musical based on this film and James Street's story, entitled Hazel Flagg, book by Ben Hecht, music by Jule Styne, opened in New York on February 11, 1953. Paramount produced a remake entitled Living It Up in 1954 starring Jerry Lewis in the Lombard role, Dean Martin as the doctor and Janet Leigh as the reporter.