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According to news items in Hollywood Reporter, M-G-M originally decided against producing Robert E. Sherwood's Pulitzer Prize-winning play because Vittorio Mussolini, the head of the Italian Censor Board, refused to approve the script. As a result, the anti-war angle of the play was toned down and Esperanto (an artificial international language) was used for the foreign dialogue. M-G-M paid $135,000 for the screen rights to the play, according to New York Times. The ending of the viewed print was the same as the original U.S. release. A somewhat different ending, with a less isolationist and more anti-war message was shot for European release prints and shown on The Turner Classic Movie channel in 1999.