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According to a news item in Hollywood Reporter, M-G-M bought the rights to Katherine Brush's story before its publication in Hearst's International-Cosmopolitan, however, Screen Achievements Bulletin and reviews call it an original, unpublished story. It is possible that the story was originally intended for publication but instead went directly to M-G-M for the film. Modern sources indicate that Brush's story was entitled "Marry for Money." News items also note that Mickey Rooney was supposed to play the role of Clifford Cassidy but was unable to do so because of his assignment on M-G-M's Thoroughbreds Don't Cry (see below). The item also noted that Leo Gorcey had made a one picture deal with M-G-M following his success in Samuel Goldwyn's Dead End. This was the only picture in which popular M-G-M stars Joan Crawford and Spencer Tracy appeared together. They recreated their roles on radio for M-G-M's Maxwell House program in November 1937. Phillip Terry, who played the minor role of "the man at stage door" in the film, was married to Crawford from 1942 to 1946. This was the only film in which they appeared together. According to modern sources, Frank Borzage coauthored the screenplay with Lawrence Hazard, and working titles for the film were Three Rooms in Heaven, Class, Shop Girl and Saint or Sinner.