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According to pre-production news items in Hollywood Reporter, Robert Z. Leonard had tentatively been set to direct the film and Monte M. Katterjohn was to adapt the novel. Katterjohn was not mentioned in any sources after the film's production and it has not been determined if he did indeed write an adaptation or if any part of it was retained in the released film. A pre-production chart in Hollywood Filmograph credits Robert Shirley with sound, but production charts and Film Daily Year Book only credit Charles Wallace. Another news item in Hollywood Reporter mentioned that M-G-M decided to change the location from Notre Dame, which was the setting of the novel, to Yale, because Universal had recently released the film Spirit of Notre Dame with a similar theme. Some reviews also noted this change. Variety said "Autumn stadium fans will recognize flashes of Albie Booth...and Barry Wood," popular college football players at the time, who appeared in footage of football games incorporated into the film. Some of the incidents of this film were recreated in the 1938 M-G-M British production A Yank at Oxford (see below), although neither the original Wallace novel, nor any of the screenwriters of Huddle were credited.