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Victory

Victory(1941)

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In the opening credits, the title Victory is followed by the phrase "Joseph Conrad's Famous Romance Victory An Island Tale." Portions of Conrad's novel appeared in Munsey's Magazine (Feb 1915). Although this picture was officially released in 1941, it was first publicly screened in December 1940. A news item in Hollywood Reporter notes that Paramount considered Charles Boyer for the lead in this picture. An unidentified contemporary source contained in the Production Files at the AMPAS Library adds that Paramount originally signed Marc Connelly to write the screenplay for this film. According to studio publicity material contained in the Production Files at the AMPAS Library, the scenic background footage was shot at a Dutch Naval Base on the island of Surabaya, Java. It was the last film shot on the island before the advent of World War II. Other films based on the Conrad novel include Maurice Tourneur's 1919 film Victory, starring Jack Holt and Seena Owen and directed by Tourneur (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1911-20; F1.4740) and Paramount-Famous Lasky Corp.'s 1930 film Dangerous Paradise, directed by William Wellman and starring Richard Arlen and Nancy Carroll (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1921-30; F2.1189).