Rights to the original serialised novel were bought by actor Lionel Jeffries (grandfather in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang) for £300, who obtained financing from EMI films and, as director, insisted the film was made in serialised style. The film was a financial success on realise, and ever since.
Sally Thomsett played 11 year old Phillis despite being 20 years old. She was contractually forbidden from smoking and drinking during production.
Jenny Agutter plays older sister Roberta, despite actually being 3 years younger than Thomsett at only 17.
The final credits scene broke the traditional “fourth wall” of acting convention where the entire cast are seen waving at the camera which crawls along the railway line towards them, finishing with Agutter holding up a chalked sign saying “The End”.
David O. Selznick, producer of Gone with the Wind, did not approve of Vivien Leigh at first for the role of Scarlett O'Hara as he thought she was 'too British'. His brother, Myron Selznick, however insisted and the rest is film history. 🙂
Making 1994's I Love Trouble, Julia Roberts and Nick Nolte couldn't stand each other and mostly filmed their scenes "together" separately using stand-ins. They couldn't bear being in the same room at the same time.
Ann Sheridan was the studio’s choice to play Ilsa Lund, but Ingrid Bergman got the part instead. The cast included several actors who had fled Nazi Germany and played Nazis in the film (partly because of their authentic accents). Dooley Wilson was a drummer, not a pianist; his playing the piano was faked. The screen writers, the Epstein bros., hadn’t yet written the ending (“Louis, I think this the start of a beautiful friendship” ) when production started.
I played the part of the Bishop of Malang in the 2012 Indonesian epic historical film called "Soegija" and had several conversations with international-award-winning Indonesian director and writer Garin Nugroho during the filming.
@fmfsaid I played the part of the Bishop of Malang in the 2012 Indonesian epic historical film called "Soegija" and had several conversations with international-award-winning Indonesian director and writer Garin Nugroho during the filming.