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Tortilla Flat (1942) Poster

(1942)

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John Garfield had to be loaned out from Warner Brothers to play the role of Danny after producer Sam Zimbalist unsuccessfully tried to get Anthony Quinn for the role.
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The AFI Catalogue lists Sammy Fong in the role of "Squid Owner". This may have been a typographical error in studio records, since Willie Fung, who was not listed, had a very similar role.
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This film was first telecast in New Haven CT Monday 17 December 1956 on WNHC (Channel 8), followed by Hartford CT 29 March 1957 on WHCT (Channel 18), by Los Angeles 26 April 1957 on KTTV (Channel 11), by Cincinnati 27 April 1957 on WXIX (Channel 19) (Newport KY), by Minneapolis 10 May 1957 on KMGM (Channel 9), by Albuquerque 15 May 1957 on KOAT (Channel 7), by Tucson 22 May 1957 on KVOA (Channel 4), by Philadelphia 12 July 1957 on WFIL (Channel 6), by New York City 3 August 1957 on WCBS (Channel 2), by Altoona PA 9 August 1957 on WFBG (Channel 10) and by Chicago 24 August 1957 on WBBM (Channel 2); in San Francisco it first aired 7 January 1959 on KGO (Channel 7) and in Seattle 10 April 1959 on KING (Channel 5).
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Originally M.G.M. wanted Anthony Quinn or Desi Arnaz for the role of Danny, Rita Hayworth as Dolores Sweets Ramirez and Maria Montez for the role of Fran(Cesca). Maria Montez was dating, who would become her second husband and father of her daughter Christina, Jean-Pierre Aumont who was under contract to Metro. Montez was under contract to Universal Pictures. M.G.M. wanted to cash in on that publicity of the romance between Aumont and Montez. Montez was as equally as big a star as Hedy Lamarr and the same type. So M.G.M. probably then decided to put Betty Wells in the role of Cesca.
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"NOT IN THE SCRIPT: A scene for 'Tortilla Flat' required five dogs to jump on Frank Morgan simultaneously while he was sitting in church. For a time it seemed like an impossibility until director Victor Fleming started hiding things in the beard Morgan wears for the role. Bits of meat, a rubber mouse, fish and bacon were tried. The meat did the trick. 'How do you feel,' Fleming asked Morgan when a good 'take' was finally made. 'With five dogs getting lunch out of my beard,' said Morgan, 'I feel like an automat'..." (Newspaper Enterprise Association, "Erskine Johnson's Hollywood," The San Bernardino Daily Sun, San Bernardino, California, Sunday 8 February 1942, Colume 48, page 16.)
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