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Forsaking All Others(1934)

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According to Hollywood Reporter news items from the Spring of 1934, Miriam Hopkins was initially wanted on loanout from Paramount for the film. Loretta Young was then announced as the star of the film, that was to be produced by Frank Davis and directed by Irving Rapper as his first directing assignment. Portions of the film were shot on location in Lake Arrowhead, CA. Davis is listed as the assistant to producer Bernard H. Hyman in other sources, and Rapper, who worked as a dialogue director at Warner Bros. during the 1930s, did not make his solo directing debut until 1941, when he made Shinging Victory for Warner Bros.
       According to a Hollywood Reporter production chart, Louise Henry, Lillian Harmer, Hooper Atchley, Forrester Harvey, Margaret Bert, Edward Brophy, Pat Flaherty and Ted Healy were also in the cast. Neither Brophy, Flaherty or Healy were in the viewed print and it is possible that their roles were cut before the film's release. The appearance of the other actors cannot be confirmed. According to contemporary news items and information contained in the file on the film in the MPAA/PCA Collection at the AMPAS Library, the film ran into trouble with the Hays Office beginning in late September 1934 when the completed script was submitted. At that time some of the dialogue was deemed unacceptable by the office. Words such as "tramp," "sex appeal" and "nudist wedding" were called objectionable. In a 27 November memo made after a screening of the completed film, Joseph I. Breen of the Hays Office wrote that he was "very gravely concerned about it..." The most problematic scenes, according to information in the file, concerned the sequence during which the characters of "Dill" and "Mary" are alone in her aunt's cottage. According to a Daily Variety news item on 3 Dec, Breen and his "band of seven" had had a conference with M-G-M executives that ended with Breen saying he was washing his hands of the matter and telling M-G-M to either do the retakes, appeal to the Hays boards or shelve the picture.
       The film was approved on December 11, 1934, but only after several eliminations in dialogue and situations were made. The scenes reshot toned down the dialogue and made the cottage evening appear more "innocent" than originally intended. Some aspects of the film that Breen found objectionable were retained in the film, however, such as shots of Clark Gable in his underwear and of a woman giving Crawford a massage. Reviews of the film noted that some underwear and shower scenes still in the film were "risque" by then current standards. Reviews also commented on the effectiveness of the comic scene in which Crawford and Robert Montgomery, both wearing white suits, are thrown off a bicycle into a pigsty. Although most reviewers praised the gowns designed by Adrian for the film, the Hollywood Reporter reviewer thought the clothes in "bad taste" and "distracting." Tallulah Bankhead portrayed Mary Clay in the Broadway production of the play, and Bette Davis took over the role on a February 28, 1938 Lux Radio Theatre broadcast.