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A New Leaf(1971)

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  • The film as delivered by 'May, Elaine' was drastically re-cut and shortened ("butchered", according to some) by Paramount before its release. Sadly, neither the director's cut of the film nor the original shooting script has ever been made publicly available.
  • The running time before Robert Evans at Paramount had the film re-edited was 3 hours, and the actor who played the blackmailer (and whose part was cut from the film) was 'William Hickey' .
  • The original story included a sub-plot in which Henry discovers from the household accounts that Henrietta is being blackmailed on dubious grounds by the lawyer, McPherson, and a third party; and Henry poisons both of them. This darkly casts Henry's eventual resignation to lead a conventional life with Henrietta as his "sentence". By eliminating the sub-plot, Paramount got rid of the excess (3 hour) running time, avoided the awkwardness of Henry getting away with murder, and transformed the same ending into a positive and rather sweet statement of love and personal redemption.

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