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The Amazing Mr. Williams

The Amazing Mr. Williams(1939)

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A working title for this film was The Incredible Mr. Williams. The file for the film in the MPAA/PCA Collection at the AMPAS Library indicates that the PCA, after reading the script, urged Columbia to remove the following from the picture: the dialogue, "I got a little apartment just around the corner," and "Me! In drag!"; the expression "sex maniac"; the goosing gag of "Kenny" striking a match on another actor's rear; details of the safe robbery, including the fake cardboard front of the safe, the covering up of license plates of the cars and references to the wearing of gloves to avoid leaving fingerprints. In addition, the PCA demanded the "careful handling" of the female impersonation scenes, and insisted that there be "absolutely no suggestion of a 'pansy' flavor or 'pansy' gags of any kind." The PCA also requested that a scene showing a male actor buying women's clothes be "handled in good taste, omitting the display of the more intimate feminine garments."