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The stage score's bowdlerization was largely due to the omission of the ingenue role, Frankie, which was combined with the role of Vera for the screen version. As the character of Vera was originally conceived as a non-singing role, and historically cast with a bona fide ballet star, having Vera Zorina sing was never an option.
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In the "Slaughter on Tenth Avenue" number, Eddie Albert runs up a set of stairs and falls down them again. As he stands up, he draws near the man he has killed, coming from stage left. The camera pans down Eddie Albert's legs to a full shot of the dead man. As the camera pans up again, Eddie Albert's dance double (and his tell-tale shadow), jump into the scene from stage right.
Lorenz Hart, the lyricist for the original Broadway show, receives onscreen credit, but his lyrics are never sung at all in the film.
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