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Welcome Stranger(1947)

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Welcome Stranger reunited Bing Crosby and Barry Fitzgerald, who starred together in the 1944 Academy Award winning Paramount film Going My Way. According to a Hollywood Reporter news item, in early May, near the end of the shooting schedule for Welcome Stranger, assistant directors Dick McWhorter and Jimmie Rosenberger were replaced by unit business manager Mel Epstein and Mickey Moore because of time conflicts. A song entitled "Smack in the Middle of Maine," which was written by Johnny Burke and James Van Heusen for the film, was not used in the final version.
       Portions of this film were shot at the Paramount ranch in Calabasas, at Lake Munz, and in the San Fernando Valley, CA. According to Par News, British censorship rules prohibiting the use of such words as "ether" and "anesthetic," as well as the showing of surgical instruments, necessitated filming the emergency appendectomy scenes twice. In the English version, instruments in the operating room cabinets were covered with towels, and the use of dissolves created the impression of the actual operation. Barry Fitzgerald reprised his role in a April 5, 1954 Lux Radio Theatre broadcast, co-starring Cary Grant.