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The working titles of this film were It Happened One Day, A Big Day and The Family Scandal. In one scene, footage from the 1933 M-G-M family drama Another Language, featuring Helen Hayes, Robert Montgomery, Minor Watson and Margaret Hamilton, is seen as a "movie-within-the-movie." A comparison between the copyright cutting continuity of Another Language and the dialogue as recorded in the copyright cutting continuity of this film suggests that the footage was not actually used in the 1933 release print. According to a September 1933 Film Daily news item, Alice Brady and Frank Morgan were first assigned to star in This Side of Heaven. John Barrymore was also announced in a Film Daily news item as a star, but this announcement May have been erroneous. Fay Bainter made her screen debut in the film.