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The Monte Carlo Story

The Monte Carlo Story(1957)

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The main title on the print viewed was spelled The Montecarlo Story. However, the Copyright Office lists the title as The Monte Carlo Story, as do reviews. The onscreen credits indicate that the film was produced by "Tan Film for Titanus." Correspondence in the film's file in the MPAA/PCA Collection at the AMPAS Library suggests that United Artists Corp., the film's distributor, had a financial investment in the production.
       The Monte Carlo Story was the first film to be shot in Technirama, which utilized an 8-perforation, horizontal, VistaVision-type negative, but introduced a slight anamorphic squeeze. When optically reduced to 35mm, a very high quality, CinemaScope-ratio image was achieved. Some contemporary sources erroneously list Universal's Night Passage (see below), as the first film shot in Technirama.
       According to the film's pressbook, many sequences in the film were shot in the famous casino and hotel in Monte Carlo and featured many of the actual employees, including the hotel's assistant director and the checkroom attendant, who appear in the film as themselves but whose names are not given. The picture marked the feature film debut of Natalie Trundy and the first American-produced picture of Italian film star Renato Rascel. It also marked the only film to be directed by playwright and screenwriter Samuel Taylor, who was credited onscreen as Samuel A. Taylor.