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Working titles for this film were Adam Started It, Sob Sister, Copy Cats and Town Talk. Hollywood Reporter pre-production news items indicated that M-G-M borrowed Sidney Lanfield from Twentieth Century-Fox to direct this picture, but replaced him with Robert Z. Leonard before shooting began, and that Ricardo Cortez was sought for a role. According to Hollywood Reporter news items and production charts, actors Tom Mahoney, Frank Mayo and Pat Flaherty worked on this film, but their appearance in the released picture has not been confirmed.
The file for the film in the MPAA/PCA Collection at the AMPAS Library contains a series of letters sent from the PCA to M-G-M in late October 1934 to protest the script's inclusion of a "nance" character. A PCA official suggested that M-G-M drop the apparently homosexual character and replace him with a "skinny, studious comic clerk type." The PCA also initially objected to the story on the grounds that it concerned "phoney people and phoney actions, with hardly a redeeming feature in any of the characters." Following the release of the film, the PCA received a letter of complaint from the president of the Supreme Lodge Headquarters, an organization representing the interests of Greek Americans, in which M-G-M was accused of portraying Greeks in an "insulting" way. The scene in question was a lunchroom scene where Stephens angrily throws money on the table and says, "Here you are, Greek."