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The working title of the film was Breadline. Warner Bros.' production records in the file on the film in the AMPAS library indicate that the film had a shooting schedule of twenty-four days and cost $290,000. According to press notes, director William Wellman used real hoboes for the fight scene and real laundry workers for the laundry scenes. The war scenes were shot on the Warner Bros. Ranch in CA. This was Wilson Mizner's last script. He died from heart disease shortly after finishing the script. A news item in Film Daily notes that Guy Kibbee was being considered for an important role in the film, but he was not in the viewed print and his participation in the final film has not been confirmed.