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An early working title for the film was Broadway Melody of 1937. Some reviews list a preview running time of 115 minutes. According to an Hollywood Reporter news item, photographer Ray June replaced William Daniels in mid-April 1937 while Daniels was recuperating from an operation. Other news items note that actress Binnie Barnes was borrowed from Universal for the production. The song "You Made Me Love You," originally written in 1913 by Joe McCarthy and James V. Monaco and preambled in the film by additional lyrics by Roger Edens entitled "Dear Mr. Gable," was praised for excellence by most reviews and has frequently been cited in modern sources as Judy Garland's first great success in motion pictures. Modern sources note that the film was first sung by Garland at a party given by M-G-M in honor of Clark Gable's birthday. In an ad in Hollywood Reporter for the film, Jack Robbins of the M-G-M music publishing company thanks Arthur Freed and Nacio Herb Brown for their work on the film. In another part of the same ad, Brown and Freed thank Sam Katz "for your guidance and co-operation." The exact contribution of Katz to the film has not been determined. This was the third of M-G-M's "Broadway Melody" pictures. For additional information on the films, consult the entries for Broadway Melody of 1936 and Broadway Melody of 1940.