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David Harum(1934)

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Although a play by M. W. Hitchcock based on the novel opened in Rochester, NY on April 9, 1900, according to information in the Twentieth Century-Fox Records of the Legal Department at the UCLA Theater Arts Library, the writers of this film did not use the Hitchcock play in creating the screenplay. According to a Hollywood Reporter news item, Kent Taylor was loaned from Paramount. According to information in the legal records, the race sequences were shot at the Riverside Race Track in Riverside, CA. Although the character played by Stepin Fetchit is listed in the screen credits as "Sylvester," he is called "Swifty" in the dialogue. This film was re-issued by Twentieth Century-Fox on March 14, 1937. Modern sources note that Inglewood, CA was also used for location shooting. Modern sources also note that the film was eighth on the Honor Roll of Best Pictures for 1934, that photographer Hal Mohn and actress Evelyn Venable met on the set of this film and married a year later, and that B. McEveety was the unit manager. David Harum was also presented as a play by Ripley and M. W. Hitchcock, which opened in New York on October 1, 1900 and starred William H. Crane. According to the legal records, no part of the dramatization was used in this film. In 1915, Crane starred in a film based on the novel, which was produced by Famous Players Film Co. (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films, F1.0952).