In 1935 Warner Bros. hired the composer Erich Wolfgang Korngold to work on the score for A Midsummer Nlght's Dream. His job involved reorchestrating Mendelssohn's score and adding some new material of his own. One day on the set, Korngold, who typically read the script before composing, ran into James Cagney, who was playing Bottom in the film. "Hold still, Mr Cagney," he exclaimed. "Hold still a minute!" He then slowly walked around the actor, looking him over from head to toe while quietly humming tunes to himself. Finally satisfied, he thanked the actor and left. Cagney later remarked that he would like to ask the composer when he could come in and "try on" his new theme.
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