Roles turned down by Joel McCrea:
Angered by director Josef Von Sternberg's demand for multiple takes, McCrea stormed off the set and didn't return.
Actor who got the part: Cesar Romero
The actor was due to re-team with his Bird of Paradise co-star, Dolores del Rio, in this film set in the forests of the Amazon.
The hunky, versatile leading man was originally cast in the supernatural romantic comedy, but refused to work again with Veronica Lake, his costar in "Sullivan's Travels"
Actor who got the part: Fredric March
Originally offered the role of the heroic, seagoing tough guy who falls and fights for Ann Darrow.
Actor who got the part: Bruce Cabot
RKO was unable to secure the handsome actor for the role of Leo Vincey in their fantasy adventure spectacle from the H. Rider Haggard novel.
Actor who got the part: Randolph Scott
Did you know that Joel McCrea was not the only choice for this movie? (click to learn more)