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.

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Trivia: At the end of the movie Lauren Bacall says to Marlowe "Phil, there's two men out back behind some trees". This is the only time in the movie that she refers to him by his first name. (01:49:45)

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Trivia: When Porky is walking past the movie theatre, all of the film posters have moustaches drawn on them. You can see a poster of Warner Brothers star Bugs Bunny with a moustache at the ticket office.

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Trivia: Director Alfred Hitchcock has a cameo role in this film - he is seen getting a glass of champagne from the bartender at the party in Alexander Sebastian's mansion.

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Trivia: When Jerry finds Butch in the alley, we hear Butch humming a song. The song he is humming is "Over the Rainbow" from the film "The Wizard of Oz."

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Trivia: When the convict finds Droopy standing in the door frame after opening several doors, he lets out "Tom's Scream."

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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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Trivia: The "Evil Scientist" in this cartoon is a caricature of the actor Peter Lorre.

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Trivia: When we see Bugs Bunny for the first time, behind him on the ballpark fence there is a picture of a man with a gun and a detective hat with the words "Mike Maltese, Ace Dick" written nearby. Michael Maltese was the writer for this cartoon.

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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.

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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.

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Trivia: When we see Daffy's silhouette in the door of Duck Twacy's office at the start of the dream sequence, the silhouette of Daffy briefly changes twice into Dick Tracy's silhouette.

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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).

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Trivia: "Lonesome Lenny" was the final Screwy Squirrel cartoon made by MGM.

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