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I Take This Woman (1940) Poster

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Jack Carson is credited onscreen but has only one short scene yelling in a subway. His voice is clearly dubbed, probably because he couldn't be at the retakes.
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Production of the film started in October 1938 and had a troubled history. Director Josef von Sternberg quit because of artistic differences. Director Frank Borzage took over, but the production was shelved in early January 1939 for more than 10 months, when W.S. Van Dyke took over and practically re-shot the whole film, with many different cast members. One contemporary reviewer quipped the film should have been called "I Re-Take This Woman".
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For retakes Adrienne Allen's part was totally redone with Frances Drake.
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Because of all the retakes Spencer Tracy Tracy jokingly referred to the title as "Won't Somebody Take This Woman?"
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This film did average business at the box office, but because of all the difficulty in the prolonged production, its cost nearly doubled, resulting in a loss to MGM of $325,000 ($5.9M in 2018) according to studio records.
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This film was first telecast in Cincinnati Monday 7 January 1957 on WXIX (Channel 19) (Newport KY); it first aired in Los Angeles 4 February 1957 on KTTV (Channel 11), in Chicago 7 February 1957 on WBBM (Channel 2), in Philadelphia 24 February 1957 on WFIL (Channel 6), in New Haven CT 30 March 1957 on WNHC (Channel 8), in Altoona PA 6 April 1957 on WFBG (Channel 10), in Kansas City MO 4 May 1957 on KCMO (Channel 5), and in both Syracuse NY and Portland OR 25 May 1957 on WHEN (Channel 8) and on KGW (Channel 8) ; it was telecast in Minneapolis 9 October 1957 on KMGM (Channel 9), but it was not seen in San Francisco until 17 August 1959 on KGO (Channel 7) and in New York City until 2 May 1961 on WCBS (Channel 2).
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