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Carlo Ponti obtained a Mexican divorce from his first wife and married Sophia Loren by proxy, while she was shooting this film and dating co-star Cary Grant.
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Original screenplay was written by Betsy Drake, Cary Grant's wife. Grant originally wanted it to star her but his extra-marital affair with Sophia Loren complicated the project. The script was drastically re-written by two other writers to accommodate Loren and bears little resemblance to Drake's concept.
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Cary Grant initially accepted his role because he was dating Sophia Loren, with whom he was madly in love. After she married Carlo Ponti, a heartbroken Grant wanted to back out. He couldn't, but the director made sure the production was a smooth one.
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All three child actors "reunited", in a manner of speaking, in Paul Peterson's "A Minor Consideration," a business helping exploited former child actors cope and find support, both financially and emotionally.
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Cary Grant was 54 when he made this film. His romantic lead, Sophia Loren, was 24.
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Cary Grant--who was 54--plays the beleaguered father of three children. In reality, Grant wouldn't have his first child until eight years later, at the age of 62.
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Sophia Loren performs a novelty song, "Bing! Bang! Bong!". In 2015 her version of the song was used in a heavily rotated UK TV commercial for Twinings teas.
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Final film of Mary Forbes.
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In the French-dubbed version of the film, a mischievous translator replaced Sophia Loren's character name, "Cinzia", with "Gina". At the time Loren and Gina Lollobrigida were rivals for the "crown" of Italian sex symbols in film.
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Near the beginning of the movie, Martha Hyer who plays aunt Carolyn, calls Cary Grant 'Mother Goose'. Six years later Cary Grant would play Walter Ekland in the movie 'Father Goose'.
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Characters engage in a verbal game called "Who Sir, Me Sir."
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According to a report published in the Guardian newspaper in 2014, Cary Grant was in love with Sophia during their previous collaboration, The Pride and the Passion, and she had subsequently married Carlo Ponti instead. But the passion survived and director Shavelson had a tough time making this movie.
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The footage of the Atlantic Coast Line passenger train which hits the towed house on the tracks (out of frame) will be reused in the teaser of the first episode of the 1964 fantasy sitcom "Bewitched."
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The song Presto Presto (Bing Bang Bong) music in the beginning is very similar to Alice Polka (opera 238) of Johann Strauss I.
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Included among the American Film Institute's 2000 list of the 500 movies nominated for the Top 100 Funniest American Movies.
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