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Pre-release titles of the film were The Ugly Duckling and Swing Fever. The writing credits for Milton Merlin, Bert Kalmer, Harry Ruby and Dalton Trumbo were tentative only according to Screen Achievements Bulletin records contained in the AMPAS library file on the film, and were not recorded in the final records of Screen Achievements Bulletin. The extent of Merlin's contributions to the film are unknown, however, Kalmar and Ruby's work was most likely the special lyrics used by Fanny Brice in her "Snooks" number. According to a news item in Hollywood Reporter, Trumbo was working on "polishing" the script just prior to production. Another Hollywood Reporter news item noted that this was Monty Woolley's first film under contract to M-G-M. Although reviews based on various previews listed a running time of 80 min., Motion Picture Herald release charts and Motion Picture Almanac listed the release time as 91 min. Brice's "Snooks" number was based on the popular Broadway and radio character she portrayed, "Baby Snooks."