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Movies: “The Prize”

Nov. 5, 1963 - “The Prize,” MGM’s adaptation of the novel by Irving Wallace, has been booked as the first film to be shown in 1964 at the Radio City Music Hall, it was announced today. Paul Newman (right), Edward G. Robinson, Diane Baker, and Elke Sommer (left) have the leading roles. As the Nobel Prize winners come to Stockholm to receive their awards, their lives are overturned and perturbed in various ways. The film’s director, Mark Robson, had intended to film on location in the Grand Hôtel and the Stockholm Concert Hall, but as the popularity of Wallace's novel grew, Swedes became wary of the production. Robson had to settle on sending a crew to Sweden just to shoot exteriors of the locations. His other main concern was finding the right balance in the film. “The most dangerous thing in dealing with melodrama mixed with comedy,” he said recently, “is that the laughs may come at the wrong time. I have done comedy, and I have done melodrama. But this is the first time I have had to worry about both in the same picture.”


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