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Verboten!(1959)

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Samuel Fuller's onscreen credit reads: "Written, Produced, Directed by Samuel Fuller." Although Tom Pittman's cast credit reads "introducing," Pittman made his film debut in the 1956 film D-Day the Sixth of June and had appeared in several films before Verboten!. As noted in a April 1, 1959 Hollywood Reporter news item, Verboten! was the last U.S.-based film made by RKO before the studio ceased production. The studio owned twenty-five percent of the film and Fuller's company, Globe Enterprises, Inc., owned the rest. As RKO was unable to distribute the completed film, it was passed to Rank Film Distributors of America, Inc. which also went out of business. The film then passed, with other Rank products, to Lopert Films Inc., which did not want it. As Fuller had, by then, a six-picture deal with Columbia, that studio took over the distribution of Verboten!.
       The film includes war and post-war newsreel footage. According to a June 1958 Hollywood Reporter news item, the picture was sent to Munich to be scored because of a musician's strike then going on in Hollywood. Although the film's credits indicate that Paul Anka sang the title song, Verboten!, it was not heard in the print viewed. A June 7, 1960 Hollywood Reporter news item reported that, although the film was popular in Germany, it was banned in Israel. The Israeli censor stated that the film's "tendency and its contents are liable to hurt the feeling of the public in Israel."