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Movie Fact #288 - August 30th, 2021


The 1951 film A Place in the Sun was quite acclaimed but it faced controversy related to the sensitivity of that era. In a November 14, 1949, letter from the Production Code Administration, Joseph I. Breen pointed out an issue regarding the dialogue between Alice (Played by Shelley Winters) and her doctor. Breen cautioned against direct references to abortion, specifically the line in the script in which Alice says, "Doctor, you've got to help me." In the finished film, the line became, "Somebody's got to help me", and while abortion is possibly implied, the film does not include any actual mention of it. And while that didn't stall the film, director George Stevens worked to maintain the creative integrity of his work down the line. In 1965, he threatened to sue for $1,000,000 any TV station that inserted any commercial into the running of his film without his specific approval of the ad. Stay tuned!

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