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Kid Galahad was first published as a serial in The Saturday Evening Post (11 April-16 May 1936). The film's working title was The Battling Bellhop. In a Hollywood Reporter production chart, cameraman Arthur Edeson is erroneously listed as a film editor. Edeson May have worked on the film as a photographer, but the extent of his participation in the film has not been determined. Kid Galahad marked Wayne Morris' film debut. Joe Cunningham, who plays a reporter, was a newspaper reporter-turned-actor. The 1941 Warner Bros. film, The Wagons Roll at Night, starring Humphrey Bogart, was also based on the Wallace story and United Artists made a version entitled Kid Galahad in 1962, starring Elvis Presley. Modern sources credit Heinz Roemheld and Max Steiner with the score.