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According to a news item in Hollywood Reporter on November 24, 1934, M-G-M purchased Herbert Gorman's novel shortly its after publication for $15,000. News items in Hollywood Reporter from May through September 1935 note that Philip Wylie was the first writer assigned to work on the script, successively followed by John C. Higgins, Herman Mankiewicz, Erskine Gwynne and Ernest Vajda. None of these writers are credited onscreen, in reviews or in Screen Achievements Bulletin, and the extent of their participation in the released film has not been determined. According to Screen Achievements Bulletin, William Anthony McGuire was a contributing writer, but did not want to be credited. A Hollywood Reporter news item on July 3, 1936 noted that Doris Lind had been engaged by M-G-M to write new scenes for the picture after unfavorable out-of-town previews convinced studio executives to reshoot portions of it. Norbert Brodine was borrowed from Universal to shoot the added scenes because cameraman Ray June was ill. A Hollywood Reporter news item in March 1936 mentioned that Clark Gable was initially to star in the picture. Suzy was the only film in which Cary Grant and Jean Harlow appeared together. The scene in which Harlow's character sings "Did I Remember" and is joined by Grant's character, is frequently shown in documentaries about their respective careers.