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Man's Castle(1933)

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Pre-production news items in Film Daily indicate that Anita Louise and Ralph Bellamy were considered for the leads, that Sally O'Neil and William Cagney were tested for roles, and that Helen MacKellar was also considered for a part. According to a modern source, filming started with MacKellar in the part of Flossie, but she was replaced by Marjorie Rambeau when she became ill. According to Fay Wray's autobiography, Spencer Tracy wanted her to play opposite him but she was unable to do the film because of other commitments. Additional news items noted that Dimitri Tiomkin, Henry Myers, Harry Akst and Edward Eliscu were asked to write music and songs for the film, and that Arthur Hohl replaced Minor Watson. According to a modern source, the song was titled "Surprises," however, the source credits only Akst and Eliscu as songwriters. According to Daily Variety, an action for plagiarism was taken against director Frank Borzage, M. C. Levee and Columbia by Harry Stoddard, who claimed that the stilt-walking sequence in the film was stolen from a story of his that he submitted to Borzage. The outcome of the action has not been determined. According to a modern source, working titles for this film were Hunk O'Blue and A Man's Castle. The assistant director was Lew Borzage and the art director was Steven Goosson. The cast included: Harvey Clark (Cafe manager), Henry Roquemore (Roue), Hector V. Sarno (Grocer), Helen Jerome Eddy (Mother), Robert Grey (Head waiter), Tony Merlo (Waiter), Kendall McComas (Slades) and Harry Watson (Captain of baseball team).