...... Although Rand's screenplay was used with minimal alterations, Rand criticized the film for elements such as editing, production design and acting.
Patricia Neal remembered that Rand often visited the set to "protect her screenplay". During filming, Vidor decided that Roark's speech at the end of the film was too long, and decided to omit segments that he did not feel relevant to the plot. After learning of Vidor's decision, Rand appealed to Jack Warner to honor her contract, and Warner persuaded Vidor to shoot the scene as she had written it.Rand's (like her ideal man, Howard Roark's) contract specifically stated not a word of her screenplay could be changed. If nothing else, watch Roark's speech.
THE FOUNTAINHEAD, screen play by Ayn Rand, from her novel of the same name; directed by King Vidor; produced By Henry Blanke for Warner Brothers. At the Strand.
Howard Roark . . . . . Gary Cooper
Dominique . . . . . Patricia Neal
Gail Wynand . . . . . Raymond Massey
Peter Keating . . . . . Kent Smith
Ellsworth Toohey . . . . . Robert Douglas
Henry Cameron . . . . . Henry Hull
Enright . . . . . Ray Collins
Chairman . . . . . Moroni Olsen
Alvah Scarret . . . . . Jerome Cowan
A Business Man . . . . . Paul Harvey
The Superintendent . . . . . Harry Woods
The Dean . . . . . Paul Stanton