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  • Frank Sinatra was cast as Billy, but backed out because each scene had to be shot twice (once in 35mm, once in 55mm). Three weeks after he left, they found a way to film the scene once on 35mm, then transfer it onto 55mm.
  • Although this film was publicized as being filmed and shown in CinemaScope 55 (a wider-than-usual, 55 millimeter, 6-track stereo system), it was only shown in standard 35mm Cinemascope with the usual 4-track stereo system. See also King and I, The (1956).
  • Two songs from the show, "You're A Queer One, Julie Jordan," performed in the film by Barbara Ruick and Shirley Jones, and "Blow High, Blow Low," performed in the film by 'Mitchell, Cameron' and a male chorus, were recorded, but do not appear in the final film. They are both included on the film soundtrack album.
  • In 1956, Twentieth-Century Fox had two Rodgers and Hammerstein films in release in 1956 - "Carousel" and King and I, The (1956), as well as the Cinemascope version of the 1955 Oklahoma! (1955). "Carousel", although a critical success, was a box-office failure (probably because of its very serious, downbeat plot), while "The King and I" was a smash hit both critically and financially. Because of this, Fox put all of its Oscar campaign clout behind "The King and I". The result was that "The King and I" was nominated for, and received, several Oscars, while "Carousel" became the only Rodgers and Hammerstein film to be completely shut out of the Academy Awards. Conductor and music supervisor Alfred Newman led the orchestra for both films, and won for "The King and I".
  • 'Judy Garland' , who was fresh from _Star is Born, A (1954)_ , was considered for the role of Julie Jordan, although that never materialized.

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