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Unfinished Business

Unfinished Business(1941)

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News items in Hollywood Reporter and Los Angeles Times state that this was the first film that noted producer/director Gregory LaCava made for Universal under a "special" one-picture contract. According to Hollywood Reporter, actress Irene Dunne worked under a similar one-picture commitment. Contemporary reviewers conjectured that the film was based on an original story by LaCava, and that speculation was confirmed by Screen Achievements Bulletin credits. New York Times commented in June 1942 that actor Robert Montgomery's July 15, 1941 commitment to active service in the U.S. Navy forced early production of this film. Hollywood Reporter reported on March 1941 that radio soprano Nadine Connor would sing excerpts from Friedrich von Flotow's Martha for this production; although a selection from that opera was performed in the film, her participation in the final film has not been confirmed. The Variety reviewer noted a similarity between the character of "Billy Ross" and the real-life impresario Billy Rose. Irene Dunne reprised her role in a Lux Radio Theatre broadcast on October 6, 1941, co-starring Don Ameche.