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Princess Comes Across(1936)

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This film's working title was Concertina. A news item in Hollywood Reporter on January 20, 1936 stated that the starting date for the film was postponed for the writing of additional dialogue; the delay caused a change in directors from Harold Young to William K. Howard. At that point, filming was slated to start on 27 Jan, but was delayed until mid-February because George Raft, set to star with Lombard, walked off the set at the start of production because he objected to the assignment of Ted Tetzlaff as cameraman. As reported in Motion Picture Herald on March 14, 1936, Raft was temporarily suspended from Paramount for his behavior, and was replaced by Fred MacMurray. Raft returned to the studio for Yours for the Asking (see below). As reported in Hollywood Reporter on March 27, 1936, Howard, claiming interference on the set by producer Arthur Hornblow, Jr.'s assistant, Dick Blumenthal, refused to continue shooting unless Blumenthal left the set, which he then did. Later, Howard refused to answer a summons by Hornblow, who reacted by giving official notice that production would cease until Howard reported to him. Later, executive producer William LeBaron rescinded Hornblow's order, and Howard resumed shooting. Reportedly, a meeting of Paramount executives was called to discuss the recent campaigning of the Screen Directors' Guild for the right of a director to film his picture without front-office interference.