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* WhatCouldHaveBeen: According to Saul David's memoirs, Music/FrankSinatra was desperate to have Creator/RichardBurton as his co-star. Sinatra was not aware, however, that Creator/20thCenturyFox, were in the middle of a bitter court case with Burton and Creator/ElizabethTaylor over the massive cost overruns on ''Film/{{Cleopatra}}'', and wouldn't even entertain the thought of hiring Burton. Sinatra had made plenty of overtures to Burton in the hope he would sign on, and he was furious that he had wasted his time and effort.

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* WhatCouldHaveBeen: According to Saul David's memoirs, Music/FrankSinatra was desperate to have Creator/RichardBurton as his co-star. Sinatra was not aware, however, that Creator/20thCenturyFox, Creator/TwentiethCenturyFox, were in the middle of a bitter court case with Burton and Creator/ElizabethTaylor over the massive cost overruns on ''Film/{{Cleopatra}}'', and wouldn't even entertain the thought of hiring Burton. Sinatra had made plenty of overtures to Burton in the hope he would sign on, and he was furious that he had wasted his time and effort.

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* ActorAllusion: John Leyton, who guides Ryan through a series of trap doors and secret passages, also played Willie, one of the tunnel kings in ''Film/TheGreatEscape''.
* CaliforniaDoubling: An Italian [=POW=] camp was recreated in California.
* ExecutiveMeddling: The only reason the character of Gabriella is in the movie.
* PlayingAgainstType: This was the first role Music/FrankSinatra had that didn't ask him to sing.
* WhatCouldHaveBeen: According to Saul David's memoirs, Music/FrankSinatra was desperate to have Creator/RichardBurton as his co-star. Sinatra was not aware, however, that Creator/20thCenturyFox, were in the middle of a bitter court case with Burton and Creator/ElizabethTaylor over the massive cost overruns on ''Film/{{Cleopatra}}'', and wouldn't even entertain the thought of hiring Burton. Sinatra had made plenty of overtures to Burton in the hope he would sign on, and he was furious that he had wasted his time and effort.

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