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Once More, My Darling

Once More, My Darling(1949)

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The working title of this film was Come Be My Love. Once More, My Darling marked the initial production of star Robert Montgomery's film company, Neptune Films, Inc. Audrey Totter was announced as Montgomery's probable co-star in a late January 1948 Hollywood Citizen-News item. According to Hollywood Reporter news items, Michael Gordon was the picture's original director. In late March 1949, a week into principal photography, Montgomery took over as director by "mutual agreement" with Gordon. It has not been determined how much of Gordon's footage was included in the final film. Renowned stage actress Jane Cowl made her screen acting debut in the production, and according to modern sources, Montgomery personally sought her services. Hollywood Reporter news items add Pat Shade to the cast, but his appearance in the completed film has not been confirmed. Background footage was taken in Santa Barbara, CA, and Las Vegas, NV, according to a Hollywood Reporter news item. According to studio publicity material, a hamburger stand on Highway 66 enroute to Las Vegas and the Bel Air Hotel in Los Angeles also were used as locations. Score composer Elizabeth Firestone, daughter of rubber tycoon Harvey S. Firestone, Jr., made her film debut with this picture. The film was nominated for an Academy Award in the Sound Recording category. On January 8, 1951, Ann Blyth, Van Heflin and Janet Scott starred in a Lux Radio Theatre production of Once More, My Darling.