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  • Cast the Runner-Up:
    • Angela Lansbury was offered the part of the Queen. Feeling she was too young at 23, she lobbied for Milady instead, but was turned down.
    • Gig Young (Porthos) and Robert Coote (Aramis) felt they should have swapped roles.
  • Creator Backlash:
    • June Allyson (Constance) was uncomfortable in a period piece and tried to get out of it.
    • Screenwriter Robert Ardrey was displeased with director George Sidney's irreverent approach to the story and objected to the spoof elements that were added to the film.
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  • Creator's Favorite Episode: This was Gene Kelly's favorite non-musical role.
  • Dawson Casting: D'Artagnan is eighteen at the start of the story. Gene Kelly was 35.
  • Dyeing for Your Art: Lana Turner had to lose weight for the film.
  • Executive Meddling:
    • Due to pressure from Christian groups, MGM removed all references to Cardinal Richelieu being clergy and referred to only his political office.
    • Constance had to be changed from the landlord's wife to his goddaughter because 1940s standards would not allow D'Artagnan to romance a married woman.
  • Role Reprise: Ian Keith had also played Rochefort in the 1935 film.
  • Throw It In!: When you see Milady crying, Lana Turner reportedly cried for real.
  • Word of God: Although rumours said that Douglas Fairbanks Jr. was in the running for the lead, Gene Kelly was announced as the star.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • Lana Turner initially backed out of the film, as she was too exhausted from shooting two others. She was allowed to at first but then got suspended by Louis B Mayer for doing so. Before she agreed to come back on board, Alida Valli was going to replace her.
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    • Deborah Kerr was offered the role of Constance, having just enjoyed her Star-Making Role Black Narcissus. She opted make Edward My Son instead, and June Allyson was cast.
    • Robert Taylor, Ricardo Montalbán, and Sydney Greenstreet were originally cast as Athos, Aramis, and Richelieu.

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