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This film marked the screen debut of the vaudeville performing team of John Hyams and Leila McIntyre. According to a Daily Variety pre-release news item, George Seitz directed the second unit on location in San Pedro, CA. Hollywood Reporter production charts list actors Leslie Fenton, Carlyle Moore, Jr. and Phyllis Crane in the cast, but their appearance in the released film has not been confirmed. A Hollywood Reporter pre-production news item noted that Prince Sigvard Bernadotte was signed to act as a technical assistant on the picture. Maureen O'Sullivan and Robert Taylor were set for feature roles according to Hollywood Reporter, but did not appear in the final film. Another Hollywood Reporter pre-production news item announced Madge Evans as the female lead. However, a subsequent news item noted that Jean Parker would replace Madge Evans as the lead due to the latter's commitment to Age of Indiscretion. Also, a Hollywood Reporter news item listed Harry Strang in the cast, but his appearance in the released film has not been confirmed. A Hollywood Reporter pre-release article details a narrowly averted soundstage mishap that occurred when a traveling dolly crane, carrying cameraman Krasna and his aides, gained so much momentum that it required the force of twenty men to stop it from crashing through the side of the M-G-M stage. The sequence that was being shot was that of an airplane being catapaulted from the deck of a battleship. According to another pre-release Hollywood Reporter news item, M-G-M art director Elmer Sheeley was signed to a special assistant assignment for this picture. Contemporary sources indicate that much of the filming took place on board a real U.S. Navy cruiser. Motion Picture Herald and the Call Bureau erroneously refer to Jean Hersholt's character as "Victor Carson," and New York Times and Variety refer to Una Merkel's character as "Toots Simmons," although her name as spoken in the film is "Timmons." Mischa Auer's character is listed as "Manchukan Consul" by Variety, "Kamchukan Consel" by New York Times and "Oriental Consul" by Motion Picture Herald.