Roles turned down by Robert Donat:
The handsome, dashing Donat was scheduled to star as the romantic swashbuckler one of the truly great pirate films but withdrew before filming began.
Actor who got the part: Errol Flynn
MGM's first choice for the leading dual roles was the handsome, top ranking star Donat.
Actor who got the part: Spencer Tracy
Considered and screentested for the role of the monk.
Actor who got the part: Charles Boyer
Alfred Hitchcock wanted to cast Donat for the second time as "Richard Hannay" in a movie version of the John Buchan spy adventure thriller and make it a sequel to his influential classic hit, "the 39 Steps."
Actor who got the part: Project Never Made
The handsome star was director David Lean's first choice to play master boot-maker Willie.
Actor who got the part: John Mills
Over the years, one of the film stars considered ideal to play the heroic, complex title character.
Actor who got the part: Peter O'Toole
Alfred Hitchcock wanted him to play the handsome, troubled "Maxim de Winter," but he declined reportedly for health reasons.
Actor who got the part: Laurence Olivier
A prolonged illness prevented matinee idol and major star Donat from starring for legendary director Alfred Hitchcock as a police detective who unmasks a London terrorist.
Actor who got the part: John Loder
Director Alfred Hitchcock wanted to work again with his handsome star of "the 39 Steps' but Donat had other commitments.
Actor who got the part: John Gielgud