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(1964)

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One of Cary Grant's favorite projects. He always maintained his role in this film was most like his real personality. He claimed he kept in touch with most of the girls as they grew up and had families of their own.
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Cary Grant was offered the role of Henry Higgins in My Fair Lady (1964) but turned it down to star in this movie. He wanted his Charade (1963) co-star Audrey Hepburn to play Catherine, but she was already committed to My Fair Lady (1964).
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The film features the same piece of stock footage of a submarine firing a torpedo that was used in Cary Grant's previous World War II comedy Operation Petticoat (1959).
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The scene in the dinghy where the small boat gets passed by two large ships was filmed on the Universal Studios back-lot in a large tank on a sound set. One of the child stars, Stephanie Berrington [now Stephanie Berrington McNutt] who played Elizabeth, in an interview said, "It was a large tank like a swimming pool. We had wave-making machines which were logs attached to steel arms that kept slapping the water to make waves. The larger ships were actually projected onto screens above the water. At first, the dinghy was just floating free and was not attached to anything. In one of the first few takes, it took on so much water that it sank (it wasn't supposed to) and most of the children were thrilled. It was like going for a swim. There was one child, however, who did not know how to swim so the directors and producers all jumped into the water in their good clothes and expensive watches to "save" us. Needless to say, most of us didn't want to be saved at all! Photos were taken and I believe they were published in the Los Angeles Times."
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Production took about eight weeks in Hollywood at Universal Studios and about four weeks on location at a coconut plantation in Ocho Rios, Jamaica.
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Sidney Poitier visited the set during the production shoot in Jamaica to congratulate director Ralph Nelson on receiving a Best Director Oscar nomination for Lilies of the Field (1963), a film he had worked on with Poitier.
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Frank's remark to Walter that the Japanese had taken Singapore that morning fixes the date the film opens as February 15, 1942. The official surrender, however, did not take place until 5:15 in the afternoon.
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Cary Grant plays a scruffy, whiskey-swilling beachcomber in this movie. He is considered to be cast against type for this role, quite antithetical to his suave, sophisticated, debonair on-screen persona. Even so, it does hark back to the light comedy roles from early in his career.
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The epaulets worn by Houghton and Stebbings identify them as a Commander and Lieutenant respectively in the Royal Naval reserve. Dr. Bigrave's epaulets show him to be a lieutenant in the Royal Navy or the Australian Navy (note the red band denoting Medical branch).
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Walter's boat, which he bought from one Mr. Van De Hoven, is named "Vrolijkheid", which is Dutch for "Glee".
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The warship that accompanies Walter Eckland to the island is a Fairmile B class motor launch. The number on the bow belonged to a vessel that was lost at Singapore in February 1942.
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All the call-signs used are from traditional nursery rhymes and fairy tales. "Briar Patch" is a reference to children's stories by Joel Chandler Harris.
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Cary Grant drinks Black & White Scotch during the movie.
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Walter calls Catherine "Goody Two Shoes." This expression, which refers to a person who is ostentatiously virtuous, became popular with the publication of an English children's story "The History of Little Goody Two-Shoes" in the 1760s, but the phrase had been around since at least the 1670s.
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Walter tells Catherine she should be carrying a tambourine and putting fig leaves on statues. This is a reference to the Salvation Army.
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