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Working titles of the film were Take It Easy, Love Without Reason and Dark Chapter. Arthur Quenzer's name is spelled Quencer on the screen. E. J. Rath's novel and Courtenay Savage's play are not acknowledged as sources for the film in the onscreen credits, in reviews or in Screen Achievements Bulletin, although comparison of the film with the 1930 Sono-Art film based on those sources, What a Man, directed by George J. Crone, and starring Reginald Denny, reveals that the stories were the same and many character names were the same, including that of the main character, Wade Rawlins. A Spanish-language version of What a Man was also produced in 1930 under the title As es la vida. That film was also directed by Crone and starred Jos Bohr (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1921-30 ; F2. 6195 and F2. 0190). Portions of the film were shot at Arrowhead Hot Spring, California. According to a Hollywood Reporter news item, this was well-known newspaper columnist Ed Sullivan's first assignment for Hal Roach. Opening credits rolled as the principal cast members walked arm-in-arm up the driveway of an estate, and the title song was sung by a chorus. Using singing voices, rather than just music, during the opening credits was a convention that was starting to gain popularity but was not frequently used until the 1940s. At the time of the picture's release, the Southern California Gas Company took out ads in local newspapers promoting the four gas appliances used in the film's kitchen set as the latest in modern home conveniences. Norbert Brodine and Billie Burke were both honored with Oscar nominations for their work in this film. Portions of the story were recreated by the film's stars on M-G-M's Good News Radio program on March 3, 1938.