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The working titles of this film were The Gangster's Wife and The Mad Marriage. Film Daily reported in February 1931 that Lily Damita was to co-star in the picture with Ricardo Cortez and Harry Joe Brown was to direct. Al Herman, a well-known blackface comic, made his sound film debut in the film, according to a Film Daily news item. Film Daily production news items list James Eagles and Fred Kohler, Jr. in the cast, but their participation in the final film has not been confirmed. According to an RKO inter-office memo, Will H. Hays, President of the MPPDA, recommended to the studio that, in order to avoid censorship problems, the criminal aspect of the Steve Carlyle character be strongly down played and that he not be shown carrying a gun until the final scenes, so that the film would not be "glorifying the gangster."