Production still from the lost “alternate” ending to Double Indemnity(Billy Wilder, 1944) showing Fred MacMurray entering the gas chamber while Edward G. Robinson stands by as a sorrowful witness. This ending was cut from the final release. Wilder thought it was unnecessary, and the Hayes Office thought it was too gruesome.
"In the wake of a dispute related to their new contract, and one outing for Columbia called So This is Africa , Bert Wheeler and Robert Woolsey returned to their home base [RKO] to begin a new series, of which Diplomaniacs was the first installment. The comic components remained the same as before in this zany story of Willy Nilly (Wheeler) and Hercules Glub (Woolsey) who are sent to a Geneva peace conference as representatives of the Adoop Indians. There was one difference, though - that of cost. The film came in at $242,000 as compared to $408,000 for Hold ‘Em Jail and $532,000 for Girl Crazy. It was easier to turn a profit at the lower figure, and Diplomaniacs clicked to the tune of $65,000. “
- From The RKO Story by Richard B. Jewell and Vernon Harbin (Octopus Books Ltd., 1982)
Film blogger. Pop culture junkie. Tilda Swinton fangirl. Retired podcaster. On Tuesday nights, I run a classic film screening and get heckled by octogenarians. I also use this Tumblr to post about Deltiology, an ongoing multimedia project