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The Boys from Syracuse(1940)

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The play The Boys from Syracuse was adapted from William Shakespeare's A Comedy of Errors (1592-93). In adapting the stage production to film, three songs were dropped: "Oh Diogenes," "Longest Day of the Year Has the Shortest Night of the Year" and "You Have Cast Your Shadow on the Sea." To take their place, Rogers and Hart wrote two new songs for the film: "Who Are You" and "The Greeks Have No Word for It." This was the first production of former film sales manager Jules Levey's Mayfair Productions. This Mayfair is not the same production company as Mayfair Pictures Corp., which was active in the early 1930s. Irene Hervey and Allan Jones were married when they appeared together in the film. According to a news item in Hollywood Reporter, the Ritz Brothers walked out on the production because they felt that their roles were not large enough. The picture received Academy Award nominations in the Art Direction (Black-and-White) and Special Effects (Photographic Effects, John P. Fulton, and Sound Effects, Bernard B. Brown and Joe Lapis) categories.