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News items in Hollywood Reporter offer the following information about the casting and production of this film: In November 1940, Erich Pommer was initially slated to produce this picture, Garson Kanin was to direct, and Irene Dunne and Cary Grant were to play the leads. In December 1940, a news item reported that Ginger Rogers would replace Irene Dunne, who had to withdraw because of prior commitments. In May 1941, a news item noted that Ruth Warrick had been cast as "Ellen," the female lead. An early July 1941 news item then announced that Jane Wyatt was assigned the part of "Ellen" after Dorothy Comingore was suspended for refusing the role. In mid-Jul, contract player Dennis O'Keefe was suspended by RKO for refusing to appear as "Jim," the male lead, because he felt that the part was inconsequential. Two days later, a news item announced that Peter Lind Hayes would replace O'Keefe, but O'Keefe appears as "Jim" in the released film. A June 1941 news item adds that Tay Garnett was taking over from producer Erich Pommer, who was leaving the studio because of illness. According to 1944 news items in Hollywood Reporter, writer Harold Kingston filed a piracy suit against RKO in federal court, charging that the studio used his play Cocktail Waves as a basis for this film. The suit was later dropped.