When Judy Garland was dismissed from the project, leggy and hugely popular movie star Grable lobbied Darryl F. Zanuck to loan her to MGM to play the role.
20th Century Fox bought the rights to the Broadway musical hit especially for Grable but when her movies began to lose money, the executives decided instead to replace her with the fast-rising Monroe.
'Forties box-office queen, the leggy Gable, wanted to play "Miss Adelaide" as her big comeback vehicle, but angered the producer by standing him up for an appointment. She lost the role.
Did you know that Betty Grable was not the only choice for this movie? (click to learn more)