Producer Sam Goldwyn pulls Wuthering Heights from theaters throughout Canada’s Quebec province, 1939. The move was prompted by Goldwyn’s refusal to edit out references to and implications of infidelity and divorce, which raised objections from Quebec censors. A day later, Quebec censorship chairman Arthur Laramee clarified his position, denying that the movie was banned, yet confirming that certain cuts needed to be made before the darkly romantic film could be screened.
Gregory Peck is born in La Jolla, California, 1916. “Of the movies I've done, there isn't much I really like,” the actor said. “The Gunfighter (1950), Roman Holiday (1953) and Twelve O’Clock High (1949) I thought were my best.” Based on a real outlaw named John Ringo, the story of The Gunfighter was written with John Wayne in mind, who offered screenwriter John Bowers $10,000 for it. To Wayne’s dismay, Bowers went for the big bucks and sold it to Fox for $70,000. Peck got the part and set about growing a period-authentic moustache for the film. Shooting commenced while Fox head Spyros Skouras was out of town; when Skouras returned and saw Peck’s facial hair, he was none too pleased, but realized that reshoots of Peck sans ‘stache would have proven too costly. The movie’s weak box office prompted Skouras to quip, “That damn moustache cost us millions.”