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Sidney Kingsley's play won the Pulitzer Prize in 1933. At the time of this film's release, the play, which was a Group Theatre production, was still being performed in New York and Los Angeles. Variety states that the film's release was to be delayed in those cities until the end of the play's run, as stipulated by M-G-M's contract. According to a November 1933 Hollywood Reporter news item, Franchot Tone was considered for the role of "Dr. George Ferguson" after Gable was temporarily unavailable. Lionel Barrymore was also under consideration for a part in the film. Film Daily news items add Isabel Jewell, Eddie Nugent, Frank Reicher and Ruth Channing to the cast. Their participation in the final film has not been confirmed. Although implicitly expressed by the story's actions, "Barbara's" sexual relations with "George" and her subsequent pregnancy and failed abortion are never seen or discussed directly in the picture. Files contained in the MPAA/PCA Collection at the AMPAS Library indicate that because the film "suggested abortion," it was "widely cut, and it was one of the pictures which was cited as unfit for public exhibition by the Legion of Decency." At the time of the picture's release, "a storm of protest broke out," according to the Hays Office files. In 1960, the CBS television network broadcast a version of Kingsley's play, which was directed by Don Richardson and starred Richard Basehart.