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The plot synopsis is based on a studio screen continuity and on a script in the John Stahl collection at the USC library. According to New York Times, Preston Sturges unofficially endorsed the film version of his highly successful play in a letter to Carl Laemmle. A October 1932 Los Angeles Examiner news item states that Universal paid $125,000 for the rights to the play. That amount, which was also paid by RKO for the rights to their 1931 production Cimarron, was the highest ever paid, at that time, by a motion picture company for the rights to a literary property, according to Los Angeles Examiner. According to the Variety review, top ticket prices were $1.50 at the Criterion Theatre in NY, where the film enjoyed a four-week minimum run. In 1951, M-G-M released Strictly Dishonorable, another version of Sturges' play, produced and directed by Melvin Frank and Norman Panama and starring Ezio Pinza and Janet Leigh.