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Nora Bayes, whose real name was Eleanor Goldberg, a popular entertainer and songwriter in vaudeville and on Broadway, was known for her deep voice and dynamic style. She was the first person to sing George M. Cohan's 1917 song "Over There." Among the shows she appeared in were the Ziegfeld Follies of 1907, 1908, and 1909; Little Miss Fix-It (1911); Maid in America (1915); The Cohan Revue (1917); and Queen O'Hearts (1922). Bayes was married five times. Her second husband was Jack Norworth, with whom she formed a stage act. In a New York Herald Tribune article, Norworth remembers that he first met Bayes when she came into his publisher's office looking for new material. They were married two weeks later and began to perform as a team in vaudeville. Later, they performed for two seasons in the Ziegfeld Follies before their marriage ended. Bayes died in 1928.
According to press releases in the file on the film at the AMPAS Library, Harold Goldman and Bert Granet were at one time assigned to write the screenplay and Julius J. and Philip G. Epstein were to make their producing debut with this film. Hollywood Reporter news items add that Jerry Wald was also slated to produce the film, some scenes for which were shot on location at the Warner Bros. Ranch.