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A Desperate Adventure(1938)

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Pre-release titles for the film were It Happened in Paris, As You Are and A Romantic Age. A Hollywood Reporter news item stated that M. Coates Webster was writing the film's script based on an original story by Albert J. Cohen. No other information about Cohen's involvement has been found, however. A letter from Republic Pictures contained in the AMPAS library file on the film, dated July 6, 1938, noted that a song written by Eddie Cherkose and Alberto Colombo had been eliminated from the picture and dictated that their names should be removed from the film's credits. Colombo, who had been in charge of the music department at Republic, left the studio in late June 1938 to go to Columbia Pictures. Another letter in the file from Republic, dated July 12, 1938, requested an amended screenplay credit to include James Gow and Edmund North's names after Trivers, but was apparently overruled by a hand-written notation in the margin stating "destroy this letter and revert to original credits." Screen Achievements Bulletin does not mention Gow or North, and it is not known whether the 12 July letter was written in error, or whether there was a dispute at some point over screenplay credits. Although Margaret Tallichet's onscreen credit read, "and introducing Margaret Tallichet," an article on new stars in Motion Picture Herald in September 1937 noted that Tallichet had had a small part in A Star Is Born. She was also included in the cast of The Prisoner of Zenda in early Hollywood Reporter production charts. As noted in reviews for this film, and in news items in trade papers, Tallichet was the first person signed to act in Gone with the Wind (see below). She was to appear as Careen O'Hara, a role which eventually went to Ann Rutherford. The Variety review and an Motion Picture Herald article on new stars noted that Tallichet, a former Dallas secretary, was "discovered" by Carole Lombard and was under personal contract to David O. Selznick. She was loaned to Republic for this film. In October 1938, Tallichet married director William Wyler, to whom she was married until his death in 1981, and retired from the screen in 1941.