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Sea Wife(1957)

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The order of the opening onscreen cast credits differs slightly from that of the closing credits. In the opening credits, Cy Grant's name appears last, accompanied by the phrase "and introducing." According to a June 1956 Hollywood Reporter news item, Roberto Rossellini was originally to direct the picture but ran into problems with the PCA. Materials contained in the film's MPAA/PCA file at the AMPAS Library reveal that Rossellini wrote a script with Bruce Marshall that was unacceptable to the PCA because of its portrayal of the nun. In particular, the PCA objected to a scene in which the nun was shown swimming naked, thus resulting in the "exploition of the physical beauty of the nun's body," a depiction that would offend the Catholic Church. In addition, the PCA disapproved of the nun exhibiting a romantic interest in "Biscuit," and the fact that the ending was ambigious about whether the nun returned to her convent or renounced her religion for "Biscuit."
       According to the PCA file, Richard Burton, the film's star, disliked the Marshall/Rossellini script so much that he refused to appear in it. When that script was rejected, Rossellini bowed out of the project and was replaced by Bob McNaught, according to the June 1956 Hollywood Reporter news item. In addition to the Rossellini script, the PCA files contain a reference to a script written by Nigel Balchen, but the extent of Balchen's contribution to the final film is not known. The film was shot on location in Jamaica and interiors were filmed in London.