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If I Were King(1938)

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Franois Villon was a fifteenth-century French poet who, after being arrested for various violations, was eventually banished from Paris. Although the correct spelling of his first name is "Franois," the film's credits spell it "Francois." Copyright records add the following information about the production: Waldo Twitchell and his staff researched in France for nine months. A replica of the throne of the Louvre Palace was made in cooperation with the French government. Bit player Ralph Faulkner coached the actors on swordplay. A writer named Jackson is credited on early drafts of the script as a co-screenwriter with Sturges, but the writer's identity or contribution has not beem determined. A Hollywood Reporter news item noted that approximately nine hundred extras performed in the battle scenes. The film was nominated for the following Academy Awards: Basil Rathbone for supporting actor; Hans Dreier and John Goodman for interior decoration; L. L. Ryder for sound; and Richard Hageman for original score. Modern sources claim that Preston Sturges finished a draft of the script by February 1938, and that the film originally opened with a battle scene that was later cut by Lloyd. In 1920, Fox Film Corp. made the first version of Justin Huntly McCarthy's play and book, also called If I Were King starring William Farnum and Betty Ross Clarke (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1911-20; F1.2125). Many other versions of McCarthy's story have been made, including United Artists' 1927 version, The Beloved Rogue, directed by Alan Crosland and starring John Barrymore; and a 1930 Paramount musical, The Vagabond King, directed by Ludwig Berger and starring Jeanette MacDonald and Dennis King (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1921-30; F2.0346 and F2.6005). Paramount remade the musical in 1956, with direction by Michael Curtiz.