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One for the Book(1948)

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The cast of John van Druten's original play comprised only three characters: "Sally," "Bill" and "Olive." The play was still running on Broadway when the film opened. According to a April 19, 1946 Hollywood Reporter news item, Jean Arthur was first offered the lead in the picture. Margaret Sullavan, who starred in the Broadway production, was also tested, according to an August 8, 1946 Hollywood Reporter news item. A February 23, 1947 New York Times news item reports that van Druten was to have directed the film, but chose not to, and that the play's Broadway producer, Alfred de Liagre, who was to produce the film as well, left the project because of casting disagreements. According to information included in the MPAA/PCA file on the film at the AMPAS Library, PCA director, Joseph I. Breen obected to John van Druten's play as "a story of illicit sex, without sufficient compensating moral values." In a June 3, 1946 letter to Warner Bros. executive Jack L. Warner, Breen advised that "in order to bring this story within the provision of the Production Code, it will be necessary affirmatively to establish that there has been no illicit sex affair between Bill and Sally." The film was shown on television under the title One for the Book.