159 ben hur thun Production supervisor Henry Henigson was so overcome by stress-related heart problems during the shoot that doctors feared for his life and ordered him off the set.
141 MGM established a special "Ben-Hur Research Department" which surveyed more than 2,000 high schools in 47 American cities to gauge teenage interest in the film.
Gratus is thrown from his spooked horse and nearly killed.
Good Stuff' Never Changes: John.London: John Blake Publishing, Limited.12 105 The huge sets could be seen from the outskirts of Rome, and MGM estimated that more than 5,000 people were given tours of the sets.MGM had extensive amounts of income in Italian lira.9, in a gamble to save the studio, and inspired by the success of Paramount Pictures ' 1956 Biblical epic The Ten Commandments, 9 studio head Joseph Vogel announced in 1957 that MGM would again move forward on a remake of Ben-Hur.
Crowther felt the film was too long.
140 This edition was released soon thereafter as a two-disc set in other countries.
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107 Dunning also believed that in the final cut the leper scene was too long and needed trimming.Behrman, Gore Vidal, and, christopher Fry.J 63 64 Cathy O'Donnell was Wyler's sister-in-law, and although her career was in decline, Wyler cast her as Tirzah."Fry, Wyler, and the Row Over Ben-Hur in Hollywood." Films and Filming.9 Tour buses visited the site hourly, and entertainers such as Harry Belafonte, Kirk Douglas, Susan Hayward, Audrey Hepburn, and Jack Palance traveled to Italy to see the production.56 William Wyler originally wanted Heston for the role, but sought another actor after he moved Heston into the role of Judah Ben-Hur.95 Pre-production began at Cinecittà around October 1957.Following.7 million marketing effort, Ben-Hur premiered at Loew's State Theatre in New York City on November 18, 1959.A b c Eagan,.New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Press."Six Books Bought for Fox Films." The New York Times.