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Guy Kibbee recreated his role from the Broadway version of Kenyon Nicholson's play. The title of this picture was originally The Torch Song, then Complete Surrender. According to news items, Johnny Mack Brown was initially cast in a lead role in the picture, along with Joan Crawford and Neil Hamilton. Modern sources state that a preview of the film had such a bad reception that M-G-M production head Irving Thalberg decided to re-shoot part of the picture, replace Brown with Clark Gable, and release it as Laughing Sinners . Clara Blandick was listed in a news item as being in the cast, but, her participation in the completed film has not been determined. This film was one of three in which Gable and Crawford co-starred in 1931, establishing them as a popular romantic "team," during much of the 1930s.