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Sensations of 1945(1944)

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The working titles of this film were Sensations and Sensations of 1944. According to a Hollywood Reporter news item, the studio decided to change the title from Sensations of 1944 to accommodate a longer run at the theaters. Although onscreen credits note that the film contained ten original songs, only nine songs were performed in the picture. Other Hollywood Reporter news items yield the following information about the production: The film was initially to be shot in Cinecolor, but was later changed to black and white because of the technical difficulties associated with color. Producer-director Andrew Stone decided to satisfy audience craving for circus entertainment, which had been curtailed by wartime travel restrictions, by grouping six specialty acts in the number "Circus in the Sky." Leon Schlesinger devised an animated sequence for the film to illustrate Cab Calloway's "jive talk." Hollywood Reporter news items add the following performers to the cast: Katherine Dunham and her dancers; Captain Heyer, the owner of Starless Night; Uncle Willie and Patsy; Robert Dudley; Eddie Chandler; Charles Phillips; Barbier; Charles Hiby; Sam Lufkin and Bill Wolfe. Their appearance in the released film has not been confirmed, however. Although pre-production news items announced Bobby Connolly as choreographer, the extent of his contribution to the released film has not been determined.
       Reactions to an April 1944 sneak preview led Stone to add scenes featuring W. C. Fields, according to a Hollywood Reporter news item. This film marked Fields's last screen appearance, and was Eleanor Powell's first role since leaving M-G-M. The War Department delayed release of this picture because it objected to scenes showing soldiers behaving in an undignified manner, according to a June 1, 1944 Hollywood Reporter news item. A November 1944 Hollywood Reporter news item adds that vaudeville comic Pat Henning sued Andrew Stone Productions for editing his performance out of the film and denying him screen credit. The outcome of that suit is unknown.