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The working titles of this film were Show Business and Time Out for Music. According to pre-production news items in Hollywood Reporter, Columbia wanted Dick Powell, Benny Goodman, Xavier Cugat and Yvette to appear in this picture. William Gargan was initially cast as "Mike Armstrong," but withdrew over a dispute about his billing, according to another Hollywood Reporter news item. This picture marked the screen debut of nightclub singer Joan Merrill. Although the character played by Allen Jenkins is listed as "Off-Beat Davis" in the onscreen credits, he is called "One Note Davis" in the film.