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The 1962 film:

  • AFI's 100 Years... Series:
  • Creator Killer: The film's financial failure ended Gregory Peck's company, Melville Productions.
  • Enforced Method Acting:
    • Inadvertently done, possibly. Disappointed because he couldn't get Hayley Mills for the role of Nancy, the director gave Lori Martin a hard time during filming, which probably resulted in her nailing every scene as the terrified, vulnerable girl.
    • Polly Bergen suffered minor bruises in a scene where her character struggles with Cady. Robert Mitchum was supposed to drag her through various doors on the set, but a crewmember mistakenly left all those doors locked, so that when Mitchum forced Bergen through the doors, she was actually being used as a ram to push them open.
    • While filming their fight scene, Gregory Peck accidentally hit Robert Mitchum for real. Mitchum, knowing that Peck didn't mean to and ever the professional, refused to break character and continued filming the scene. However, upon entering his trailer, Mitchum said that he "literally collapsed" due to the impact of the punch and said that he felt it for days afterwards.
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  • Follow the Leader: The film was admittedly an attempt at replicating the style of Alfred Hitchcock, in particular Psycho, down to being shot in black-and-white.
  • Hostility on the Set: Fittingly, Gregory Peck and Robert Mitchum didn't get on during filming. Notably, while they cameo in the remake, they don't have any scenes together.
  • Recycled Set: The interior of the hotel Cady takes Diane to is the same set that was used in Psycho two years earlier.
  • Throw It In!: The scene with the egg was added by the director on the day of filming. Polly Bergen's reactions to Robert Mitchum rubbing the eggs on her was real. And the parts where he drags her through the house? That happened because several doors wouldn't open and he had to force his way through in order to keep the scene going. (Too bad it resulted in her incurring some genuine injuries as well.)
  • What Could Have Been:

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