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According to a Hollywood Reporter news item, Melville Cooper replaced Reginald Owen in the role of "Boulin" because Owen had to assume the role of "Ebenezzer Scrooge" in M-G-M's production of A Christmas Carol when Lionel Barrymore was forced to withdraw from that production because of illness. This was Luise Rainer's last film for M-G-M, the studio for which she had worked since her arrival in the United States four years previously. Actors Hans Conreid and Dick Haymes made their motion picture debuts in Dramatic School. Conreid remained a popular film and television character actor until his death in 1982. Haymes became a very popular singing star in the 1940s.