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John Beal, Hal K. Dawson, Irene Cattell, Maidel Turner and Margaret Hamilton appeared in the Broadway production of Rose Franken's play and reprised the roles they played on the stage in this film. Beal and Hamilton made their screen debuts in the production. According to Hollywood Reporter, Harvey Pierson, an extra in the film, received one hundred dollars in cash from director Edward Griffith for a suggestion he made in regards to the shooting of a particular scene. This film was Louise Closser Hale's last production. She died on July 26, 1933, two days before its general release. (Dinner at Eight, which Hale also appeared in, was shot previous to this film but was not released generally until early 1934.) Modern sources state that Helen Hayes replaced Norma Shearer in the lead after Shearer decided to stay at home and nurse her husband, Irving Thalberg, who had suffered a serious heart attack. According to a modern source, Frank Borzage was originally set to direct this film.