Production info

Joseph and His Brethren
USA, 1955

Rita Hayworth, Kerwin Mathews, Lee J. Cobb
Directed by William Dieterle

This biblical epic starring Rita Hayworth was in pre-production stage when it was abandoned early 1955. Lee J. Cobb had signed to play Potiphar, and Clifford Odets was employed as scriptwriter. Designer Jean Louis had already made some of the costumes, some sets had already been built and Hayworth had done screen tests for prospective actors to play Joseph. Jack Lemmon, Tony Curtis and Frank Sinatra were considered for the role, but the it eventally went to Kerwin Mathews. Following a dispute, Hayworth abandoned the production just days before shooting started, which resulted in a court battle between her and Columbia Pictures studio. The fact that actress Maureen O'Hara was hired by Columbia shortly thereafter resulted in newspaper speculations that she would take over the leading role, and also newcomer Kim Novak was mentioned, but this did not happen and the project was scrapped.

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