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According to a pre-production news item in Los Angeles Times, director Lewis Milestone collaborated with writers John Van Druten and Arnold Belgard on an early draft of this screenplay entitled Palm Beach Limited, which was also the working title of this film. In the opening credits, cast members ride across the screen mounted on merry-go-round horses. United Producers Corp., the production company that co-sponsored the film with RKO, was established by producer William Hawks and actor Ronald Colman. The collaboration marked Hawks's first and last production for RKO and Colman's first picture for the studio. According to pre-production news items in Hollywood Reporter, Hawks was originally slated to produce the picture, but his credit was changed to executive producer when Milestone took over production chores.
Other news items in Hollywood Reporter note that the studio considered Miriam Hopkins and Eva Gabor for the title role. Post-release news items add that British actress Anna Lee, who played the title role, was awarded a term contract on the basis of her performance in this film. Another news item in Hollywood Reporter adds that background shots were filmed in Palm Beach, FL.