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This film's working title was The Animal Kingdom. Before the onscreen credits begin, the following announcement appears over a shot of the Warner Bros. studios: "1926-1946 Twenty years ago Warner Bros. were the first to make motion pictures talk and sing. This is a twentieth anniversary presentation!"
Hollywood Reporter news items in 1942 note that Warner Bros. purchased an unproduced play entitled One More Tomorrow, written by Charles Hoffman, which was to star Olivia De Havilland and Dennis Morgan, but that project remained unproduced and was unrelated to this film. After rejecting Hoffman's play De Havilland was offered One More Tomorrow, which she rejected, resulting in her fifth suspension from Warner Bros. in three years. For more information on De Havilland's eventual legal suit against Warner Bros., see Devotion (above).
Other Hollywood Reporter news items add the following information about the production: Bette Davis and Paul Henreid were originally slated to star in the picture. Director Peter Godfrey replaced Irving Rapper, who had co-directed the play with Philip Barry, when Rapper was assigned to Rhapsody in Blue after the production delayed due to script difficulties. Only Rapper's party scenes were retained in the final film. A production still from the film indicates that actors Grady Sutton and Charles Shrader were cast as interior decorators, but they were not in the released film. Scenes of a Mexican village were shot on location at the Warner Ranch in Calabasas, CA, but these scenes did not appear in the viewed print. Reginald Gardiner was borrowed from Twentieth Century-Fox for the production. Although this film was completed in 1943, it was not released until 1946. No reason was found for the delay. The Philip Barry play was also the basis for the 1932 RKO film The Animal Kingdom, starring Ann Harding and Leslie Howard (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1931-40; F3.0121).