1. - Richard Cromwell, This Day and Age, 1933. For his modestly billed “FIRST Great Spectacle of Modern Times,” director Cecil B DeMille felt Junior, at 18, was too junior to be Steve Smith. Just as Tone, at 27, was deemed too senior. Cromwell was 23.
2. - John Gilbert, Queen Christina, 1933. Everyone from Nils Asther to Fredric March were considered; Laurence Olivier even started shooting. Garbo stamped her foot. Gilbert or no film!
3. - Robert Young, Death on the Diamond, 1934. Cast as Larry, Tone was replaced by Young immediately prior to shooting.
4. - Douglas Fairbanks, Jr, The Rage of Paris, 1938. Tone was one Hollywood male who did not agree with the hype of Danielle Darrieux's Hollywood debut: 50million Frenchman Can't Be Wrong!
5. - Douglas Fairbanks, Jr, Gunga Din, 1939. Director George Stevens signed on for MGM's Spencer Tracy, Clark Gable but happily settled for Junior Doug, Cary Grant, Victor McLaglen.
6. - Douglas Fairbanks, Jr, Gunga Din, 1939. Tone made his movie debut in Howard Hawks’ Today We Live, in 1932. Five years later, The Grey Fox wanted him as Ballantine - opposite Gable and Tracy - in the Kipling tale. However, the director’s RKO screwballer, Bringing Up Baby, flopped. He was out, George Stevens was in. Well in, second only to Gone With The Wind in 1939.
7. - Orson Welles, The Lady From Shanghai, 1948. Needing money for his stage version of Around The World In 80 Days, Orson Welles called Columbia czar Harry Cohn - The Most Hated Man In Hollywood - and offered to make a film with his wife, Rita Hayworth, of... er, well, the legend varies... Her always refered to as this paperback he’d just found at the rail station. Except it seems that much earlier, Welles appeared to have planned Sherwood King’s pulp novel, If I Die Before I Wake (never in paperback) with Tone - whose lawyers were hounding Welles, like so many others. Then again, B-movie king William Castle had the rights and Welles suggested a Welles-Hayworth teaming - and indeed, Castle was associate producer.
8. - Tyrone Power, The Sun Also Rises, 1957. After the Hays Office censors stopped Fox filming the hedonistic Hemingway book in 1933, Ann Harding and Paulette Goddard tried to obtain the rights - as did Tone and Burgess Meredith. By the 50s, Howard Hawks planned Montgomery Clift as the impotent (sssh!) Jake Barnes opposite Margaret Sheridan as Lady Brett Ashley, then Brando and Gene Tierney... It took Fox a quarter-century to finally make the film and even then, producer Darryl F Zanuck had to promise not to use the word impotent. He did, anyway!