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Virginia(1941)

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The working title of this film was The Southerner. This film marks the acting debut of Sterling Hayden, whose first name was changed temporarily to "Stirling" by the studio. Hollywood Reporter called Hayden's debut "amazing." According to his autobiography, Hayden's debut in this picture was dependent upon the approval of his co-star, Madeleine Carroll, who had the right of cast approval. Carroll and Hayden married in 1942 and were married for four years.
       According to Paramount press information, Virginia was shot on location in Albermarle County near Charlottesville, VA. The exteriors of the following historical homes were used in the film: "Monticola," near Howardsville, VA, as the "Dunterry" estate; "Bremo," the home of General Cocke, co-founder along with Thomas Jefferson of the University of Virginia, as the "Williams" estate; "Estouteville," the home of the Randolphs of Virginia; and the Farmington Country Club. Scenes of Jefferson's home, "Monticello," and the rotunda of the University of Virginia appear behind the title credits. Hollywood Reporter news items reported the following: Some scenes were filmed on location at Elk Hill, VA; trotting races were filmed in Pomona, CA; barn-style dances were led by Mr. and Mrs. Elswood Graham, who were "exponents of old-fashioned barn dances"; Cleo and Edward, a Creole New Orleans ballroom dance team, were to appear in the film; Lucy Ville Sommers was "discovered" by director Edward H. Griffith in Virginia and signed to a contract. Her appearance in this film has not been confirmed. While the Hollywood Reporter review called this film "one of the truly fine pictures of this or any year," New York Times noted that it depicted "a wholly incredible someplace where little Confederate flags still hang under family portraits, where a Yankee is a person to be watched and the colored folks all behave as though there never had been any 'freedom.'" A Hollywood Reporter news item noted that a print of the film was shipped to Rear Admiral Richard E. Byrd, a Virginia native who was a friend of director Griffith, at Little America, Antarctica.