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Lady in the Dark (1944) was a Drama - Musical Film directed by Mitchell Leisen and produced by Richard Blumenthal.

Academy Awards 1944 --- Ceremony Number 17 (source: AMPAS)

AwardRecipientResult
Best Art DirectionArt Direction: Hans Dreier, Raoul Pene du Bois; Interior Decoration: Ray MoyerNominated
Best CinematographyRay RennahanNominated
Best Music - ScoringRobert Emmett DolanNominated
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In the original Broadway production, Danny Kaye sang his famous patter song, "Tchaikovsky (And Other Russians)," in which he dashed off the names of 50 Russian composers in 39 seconds. By the time the movie version was made, Kaye was under contract with Samuel Goldwyn, and could not appear in the film. His role as the photographer, Russell Paxton, was given to Mischa Auer, and the "Tchaikovsky" number was dropped.
One of over 700 Paramount Productions, filmed between 1929 and 1949, which were sold to MCA/Universal in 1958 for television distribution, and have been owned and controlled by Universal ever since.
The original Broadway production "Lady in the Dark" with book by Moss Hart, music by Kurt Weill and lyrics by Ira Gershwin opened at the Alvin Theater on January 3, 1941. It suspended performances for the summer on June 15 and resumed its run on September 2 and closed on May 30, 1942 after a total of 467 performances. The production played a return engagement at the Broadway Theater from February 27 to May 15, 1943 for an additional 83 performances. Gertrude Lawrence, Victor Mature and (in his breakout role) Danny Kaye were in the original cast.
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