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In the opening credits, Olivia De Havilland's name is listed first. In the closing credits, Dirk Bogarde is listed first. The film was based on the play Libel!, which was set during World War I. Colin Clive starred in the play's New York run, which opened in December 1935. Several reviews of the film used the play's title, but the film's title credit does not include punctuation. According to the Hollywood Reporter review, portions of the film were shot on the Marquis de Bath's estate in Wiltshire, England. Variety reviews added that some sequences were filmed at Woburn Abbey, home of the Duke of Bedford. The film received an Academy Award nomination in the Sound Recording category.