Tower of London 1939
Title: Tower of London
Release date: 17 November 1939
Director: Rowland V. Lee
Producer: Rowland V. Lee
Screenplay: Robert N. Lee
Cinematographer: George Robinson
Cast: Basil Rathbone, Boris Karloff, Barbara O’Neil, Ian Hunter, Vincent Price, Nan Grey, Ernest Cossart, John Sutton, Leo G. Carroll, Miles Mander, Lionel Belmore, Rose Hobart, Ronald Sinclair, John Herbert-Bond, Ralph Forbes, Frances Robinson, G.P. Huntley, Rodion Rathbone, Walter Tetley, Donnie Dunagan
Studio: Universal Pictures
Country: United States
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5 Things You Didn’t Know About Tower of London 1939
- Tower of London 1939 began its 36-day shoot schedule on 11 August 1939, with an original budget was $500,000. It was nearly $80,000 over budget when it was completed 4 September 1939. It was released on 17 November 1939.
- Art director Jack Otterson recreated the Tower of London on the Universal Studios backlot, using historical records and original blueprints of the building.
- Basil Rathbone and Vincent Price drank Coca Cola in place of wine in the famous drinking scene in the film.
- Hans J. Salter originally used authentic period music as incidental music in the film. But after seeing the preview, studio heads demanded new music written. There wasn’t enough time though, so an altered version of the theme from Son of Frankenstein 1939 was used.
- The battles of Bosworth and Tewkesbury required 300 extras and were filmed in Tarzana, 20 miles north of Hollywood.
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