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Dark Waters(1944)

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Frank and Marian Cockrell's novel was serialized in The Saturday Evening Post from February 19, 1944 to March 11, 1944. The viewed print was considerably shorter than the original release length. Nina Mae McKinney's name was misspelled "Nina May" in the onscreen credits. News items in Hollywood Reporter yield the following information about this production: In April 1944, producer Benedict Bogeaus announced that he was seeking Jennifer Jones and George Murphy to play the leads. Barton Hepburn was tested for a feature role, but did not appear in the film. Cecil Cunningham was to portray Merle Oberon's mother in the picture, but that character did not appear in the completed film. According to a June 1944 news item, Franklyn Farnum, Wilbur Mack, Maude Fealy and Ray Cordell appeared as extras in the movie theater scene. Hollywood Reporter news items add Frank Dawson, Paul Burns, William Randolph, Ian Wolfe, Gino Corrado, Louise and Alice Kerbrat, Gerald Perreau, Fleurette Zama, Diana Martin, Diane DuBois, Rose Plummer, Margaret Tealy, Dorothy Vernon, Donald Kerr, Art La Forrest, Rex Moore and Bud Rae to the cast, but their participation in the released film has not been confirmed. On November 27, 1944, Lux Radio Theatre broadcast a radio version of the story starring Merle Oberon.