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The Best of Everything(1959)

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Hollywood Reporter news items yield the following information about this production: Lee Remick, Diane Varsi, Nina Foch, Debbie Reynolds, Robert Wagner and Margaret Leighton were all considered for starring roles and Martin Ritt was originally slated to direct. Stuart Whitman was considered for the role of "David Savage" and Barry Coe tested for the part of "Dexter Key." A December 1959 Hollywood Reporter news item noted that Lionel Kane replaced Gardner McKay in the role of "Paul Landers." Although Hollywood Reporter production charts included Buck Class in the cast, his appearance in the released film has not been confirmed.
       Studio publicity contained in the films production files at the AMPAS Library noted that Wald bought the rights to Rona Jaffe's best-selling novel when the book was still in manuscript form. According to a May 1959 New York Times news item and studio publicity, location filming was done at the Seagram Building, the Alfred E. Smith Housing Project, and around Central Park and Sheridan Square, in New York City.
       According to the New York Times review, the character of "Amanda Farrow" played a much smaller part in Jaffe's novel than in the film. The reviewer speculated that the part was expanded to accomodate Joan Crawford. The ^NYT reviewer also commented that the romance between "Mr. Shalimar" and the divorced "Barbara Lamont" was the most developed relationship in the novel, whereas in the film it was barely alluded to. Modern sources add that Crawford insisted on her name being billed separately. Adele Palmer's costumes and Alfred Newman and Sammy Cahn's song "The Best of Everything" were nominated for Academy Awards. From 30 March-September 25, 1970, ABC broadcast a televised series based on Jaffes novel starring Diane Kagan and directed by David Alexander.