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Wife, Husband and Friend

Wife, Husband and Friend(1939)

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The working titles for this film were Women Are Dangerous and Career in C Major. According to information in the Twentieth Century-Fox Records of the Legal Department at the UCLA Theater Arts Library, Ernest Pascal and Edwin Blum wrote a treatment and screenplay based on the story before April 1937, but Nunnally Johnson's work was based on the original story rather than the Pascal-Blum treatment and screenplay. Hollywood Reporter reported in August 1937 that Myrna Loy was borrowed from M-G-M to co-star with Warner Baxter in this film, though her role was eventually played by Loretta Young. According to information in the Twentieth Century-Fox Produced Scripts Collection, also at UCLA, Lionel Atwill was considered for the part of Hertz, Ed Brophy for the part of Jaffe, Charles Lane for the part of the hotel manager, and Eily Malyon for the part of Mrs. Craig. According to a Twentieth Century-Fox press release, Vladimir Bakaltinoff, the conductor for the film, once conducted at the Imperial Opera in Old Russia. The property man for the film, Count Phil de Esco, was the only titled property man in Hollywood. The story was performed by the Lux Radio Theatre on April 28, 1941 starring George Brent, Pricilla Lane and Gail Patrick. Modern sources state that writer Cain was paid eight thousand dollars by Twentieth Century-Fox for the film rights to this story. Nunnally Johnson filmed the story once again for Twentieth Century-Fox Film in 1949 as Everybody Does It, starring Paul Douglas and Linda Darnell.