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Pre-release news items, including Motion Picture Herald's "In the Cutting Room," list the title of the film as Headline Shooters. Helen Mack was originally slated to star in the production, according to a May 15, 1933 Film Daily news item. A March 1933 Film Daily news item announced that RKO had hired Sarah Y. Mason and William A. Ullman, Jr. to collaborate on a screenplay called News Reel. It is possible that News Reel was a working title for this film. Eric Linden was announced in a May 1, 1933 Film Daily news item as a cast member of News Reel. According to the New York Times, "several actual news-reel shots" were edited into the film. RKO borrowed Jack LaRue from Paramount for the production. According to Hollywood Reporter news items, William LeMaire and Edward Keane were to be in the cast, but their participation in the final film has not been confirmed.