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The working titles of this film were Bad Timber and Timber Beast. A late October 1931 Hollywood Reporter news item claimed that scenes for the production were to be shot in "big tree locations near Fresno." A late November 1931 Film Daily news item announced that scenes had been shot at Pine Hill, CA. At the time of this production, Harry Sweet, who plays "Stubby" in the picture, was directing Edgar Kennedy, who plays Sweet's cohort, in his series of RKO-Path short comedies called "Mr. Average." Modern sources claim that RKO music director Arthur Lange co-wrote additional songs for the picture with Max Steiner, but no further evidence of his contribution has been found. Modern sources add James Mason and Hal Price to the cast.