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The working titles of this film were Nobody's Wife and Little Mother. Felix Jackson's story was first made as Kleine Mutter, a 1935 Universal production filmed in Hungary. Jackson was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Story for his work on the 1939 film. According to the New York Times, Cary Grant, James Ellison and Douglas Fairbanks Jr., were considered for the male lead in the picture. According to materials contained in the RKO Production Files at the UCLA Theater Arts Library, background locations for this film were shot at Times Square and Central Park in New York city. A mechanical Donald Duck appears in the scene in which Ginger Rogers is demonstrating mechanical ducks in a department store toy department. In a modern interview, producer Pandro Berman said that Rogers was suspended because she refused to appear in this picture. According to Berman, she hated the picture even after it was done, although it was a big hit for her and the studio. In 1956, RKO remade the story as Bundle of Joy, starring Debbie Reynolds and Eddie Fisher and directed by Norman Taurog.