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The opening title card reads: "Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer presents Mary Roberts Rinehart's Tish" and her oncreen writing credit reads: "Founded in part on stories by Mary Roberts Rinehart." The character "Tish" was featured in a number of stories by the popular novelist Rinehart, beginning with the novel Tish (Boston, 1916). Several additional stories featuring "Tish" and her friends "Aggie" and "Lizzie" were published through the 1930s, both as novels and short stories in Saturday Evening Post. According to news items and reviews, Tish was considered as the first in a possible series of films based on Roberts' characters, but no additional films were made. A Hollywood Reporter news item also noted that the film had been in development for more than eight years and had originally been planned as a starring vehicle for Marie Dressler, who died in 1934. Some Hollywood Reporter production charts list William Ferrari as the art director (associate), although only Eddie Imazu is credited onscreen. Spring Byington is included in the cast in a pre-production news item, but she did not appear in the film. A Hollywood Reporter news item includes Robert Wayne in the cast, but his appearance in the released film has not been confirmed. Hollywood Reporter news items noted that some location shooting was done at Lake Arrowhead, CA.