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The working title of this film was Rich Man, Poor Man. The film's opening musical number, "My, How the Time Goes By," features some brief animation. Eddie Cantor and Joan Davis perform the song in blackface. New York Times noted that the title song had been a signature Cantor number since 1925. According to Variety, RKO paid $20,000 for the rights to the song. Included in the musical numbers was a spoof on the Sextette from the opera Lucia di Lammermoor, which is "performed" by four actors mouthing the words to a phonograph recording. Although CBCS lists Richard Powers in the role of "Graham," George Chandler actually played the part. A Hollywood Reporter news item adds Peggy Lynn to the cast, but her appearance in the final film has not been confirmed. Hollywood Reporter also noted that eight professional models were used in the picture. According to a Hollywood Reporter news item, the start of the film's production coincided with the anniversary of Cantor's thirty-eighth year in show business. If You Knew Susie marked the performer's last starring role in pictures. In 1952, he made his final screen appearance in a cameo role in The Story of Will Rogers.