Best movie trivia of 1946
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Trivia: The opening credits list a copyright date of 1947, but distributor RKO rushed IAWL into theaters December 20 1946, to replace 'Sinbad the Sailor' whose Technicolor prints were not ready. It went into general release January 1947. The rush probably cost Capra and his partners their indie studio Liberty Films, whose first production opened in a record blizzard back east and failed to make back its money; it also wound up losing out at the Oscars against a powerful postwar drama 'The Best Years of Our Lives' rather than facing a much weaker Oscar field in 1947. Then again, confusion over its copyright date seems to have allowed it to slip into public domain for about 20 years from 1973, leading to its constant (cost-free) play at Christmas time, cementing its reputation as America's favorite holiday movie.DougM
Trivia: As the gangsters speed by in their red car, you can see a billboard along the road advertising "Hotel Friz" - a reference to the director Friz Freleng.
Trivia: At the beginning of the cartoon, we see a long line of books at the book shop. The last book we see is entitled "Life and Times" by Bugs Bunny.
Trivia: When Tom woos the dog instead of the cat, he says the exact same dialogue he used in a previous Tom and Jerry cartoon, "Zoot Cat" (1944).
Trivia: At the start of the cartoon, we see animals changing seats in the theatre. This is re-used footage from a 1937 Warner Brothers cartoon, "She Was An Acrobat's Daughter."
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