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Beyond the Blue Horizon

Beyond the Blue Horizon(1942)

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The original story by E. Lloyd Sheldon and Jack DeWitt was not published. The working titles of this film were King and Queen of the Jungle, Her Jungle Mate and Malaya. This film marks Judith Gibson's feature film debut. According to a Hollywood Reporter news item, William Clemens directed two weeks of added scenes, which cost approximately $100,000, because Alfred Santell was not available. Hollywood Reporter news items also reported that Richard Denning was slated to appear in Paramount's 1942 feature Reap the Wild Wind; however, he was replaced so that he could appear in a starring role in Beyond the Blue Horizon. Neil Hamilton tested for the second male lead in Beyond the Blue Horizon, according to Hollywood Reporter.
       Information in copyright records reveals that the chimpanzee, then named "Muk," was owned by a man called Trader Horn. In her autobiography, Dorothy Lamour explained that the chimpanzee's name was changed to "Gogo" because his original name rhymed with an offcolor word. Lamour also noted that Gogo was replaced by another chimpanzee in certain scenes because of difficulty with the chimpanzee. Paramount News noted that some scenes were filmed on location in Montebello, CA. This film was not favorably reviewed. Hollywood Reporter stated that it had "gaudy Technicolor presentation in the photography," and Daily Variety noted, "In justice to Santell and others, this picture was hashed and rehashed and finally largely remade from something called Malaya. Monta Bell, who draws associate producer credit, resigned from Paramount before the film was finished.