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Ivy(1947)

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The working title of this film was The Story of Ivy. The picture was the first release of Sam Woods's production company, Inter-Wood Productions. According to an August 1946 Hollywood Reporter news item, the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles was converted to look like the Salzburg Music Festival for the production. July 1946 Hollywood Reporter news items announced that Olivia De Havilland, Joan Fontaine's sister, was set in the title role; De Havilland withdrew from the project in November 1946, however. According to a September 1947 news item in Los Angeles Examiner, De Havilland later sued her agent for concealing the fact that he owned an interest in the film while trying to induce her to accept the role. The outcome of that suit has not been determined. A May 1947 Hollywood Reporter news item states that Edmond O'Brien was originally assigned to play the "other man." A January 1947 Hollywood Reporter news item adds that Hoagy Carmichael was to write a song titled "Ivy" that would not be performed in the film but would be used thematically throughout the musical underscoring. Lillian Fontaine, who played "Lady Flora," was Fontaine's mother. According to production notes contained in the AMPAS Library, the period of the film was set back twenty years from the original setting of Marie Belloc Lowndes's novel. A modern source adds that producer William Cameron Menzies was responsible for the production design of the film. On January 19, 1956, Lux Video Theater broadcast an adaptation of the film scenario starring Martha Hyer.