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Once Upon a Honeymoon

Once Upon a Honeymoon(1942)

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The working title of this film was International Honeyoon. Although George Sanders is listed in the cast in early Hollywood Reporter production charts, his name drops out after June 26, 1942 and he does not appear in the final film. Hollywood Reporter news items note that RKO borrowed George Barnes from David Selzick's company to photograph the film and Emmett Dolan from Paramount to write the screenplay. Another news item in Hollywood Reporter adds that writer Sheridan Gibney was called in to revise Ginger Rogers' character shortly after production began. An article in New York Times commented upon the "film's tasteless humor," warning that it was dangerous to mix romantic comedy with stark tragedy.
       This picture was Leo McCarey's first production at RKO. The picture also marked Walter Slezak's American screen debut. According to a news item in Hollywood Reporter, Slezak won a three-year contract with the studio as a result of his performance in this film. Other news items in Hollywood Reporter note that in September 1942, McCarey shot additional scenes for insurance before Cary Grant and Rogers began new assignments. According to modern sources, Grant and Rogers couldn't agree on who should receive top billing, and consequently, Rogers' name appeared first in half of the prints and Grant received top billing in the other half. In the viewed print, Grant received top billing, but in CBCS and in the Radio City Music Hall program, Rogers received top billing. This picture received an Academy Award nomination for Best Sound Recording. Modern sources credit Mel Berns with makeup and John Miehle with still photography. Claudette Colbert starred with Brian Aherne in a April 12, 1943 Lux Radio Theatre broadcast of the story.