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Seventh Heaven(1937)

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According to a Los Angeles Examiner news item, Tyrone Power, who had been considered for the part of Chico, was instead put into the film Love Is News by producer Darryl Zanuck because Zanuck wanted to feature him in light, romantic comedies. According to a Hollywood Reporter news item, Don Ameche was slated to play "Father Chevillon," but could not because he was also cast in Love Is News. The part was then assigned to John Carradine, but was finally given to Jean Hersholt. Hollywood Reporter also reported that photographer Merritt Gerstad was borrowed from Universal and that John Harrington was to be included in the cast, although his participation in the completed film has not been confirmed. A September 13, 1937 Hollywood Reporter news item reported that the song "Seventh Heaven," written by Lew Pollack and Sidney Mitchell, was "under consideration to be the official theme song for the New York's World Fair in 1939." Austin Strong's play was first produced as a film in 1927 by Fox. Frank Borzage directed Janet Gaynor and Charles Farrell in the immensely popular earlier version of Seventh Heaven, for which Borzage won an Academy Award for Best Director, and Gaynor won an Academy Award for Best Actress (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1921-30; F2.4926). Strong's play was also dramatized on television on October 28, 1953, with J. Robert Blum directing Geraldine Brooks and Hurd Hatfield. Gloria De Haven and Ricardo Montalban starred in a short-lived musical version of the play that opened in New York on May 26, 1955.