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The Howards of Virginia(1940)

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The working title of this film was The Tree of Liberty. According to a news item in Los Angeles Times, Joan Fontaine was originally slated for the role of "Jane Peyton," but a prolonged illness prevented her from taking the role. Columbia publicity material contained in the production files at the AMPAS Library add that the film was shot on location in Williamsburg, VA. The Williamsburg restoration began in 1927 and was primarily financed by John D. Rockefeller. Another item in Hollywood Reporter adds that Columbia signed Frank Lloyd as producer-director as part of their strategy to line up as many producer-director names as possible, either to fill Frank Capra's position if he decided to leave the studio or to enhance Columbia's reputation and thus entice Capra to stay at the studio. The picture was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Score and Best Sound Recording.