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Working titles were One Hour of Romance, One Hour to Live and Mazurka. In reviews, the film was compared unfavorably to the 1936 German original, Mazurka, starring Pola Negri, even though it apparently was a scene-by-scene remake. Information included in the Warner Bros. collection in the USC Cinema-Television Library reveals that producer Henry Blanke wanted Bette Davis to star in the film and that he suggested Warner Baxter for the Basil Rathbone role. Lola Lane tested for the role of Xenia. Screen Achievements Bulletin correspondence indicates that writer Margaret LeVino adapted Hans Rameau's German screenplay for Mazurka, but information in the Warner Bros. files indicates that Rudi Fehr, who eventually became head of the editing department at Warner Bros., was originally hired by the studio to translate Mazurka and another German film, Episode, which became My Love Came Back (see below). Modern sources state that Warners acquired the American distribution rights to the original film and shelved it so it would not interfere with the remake. Modern sources also list additional players as Tom Tilson, Johnny Harron, Stuart Holmes and Dale Van Sickle.