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According to a news item in Hollywood Reporter, Jean Harlow was to have appeared in the title role of this film. According to contemporary news items, RKO originally planned to film Samuel Hopkins Adams' novel, starring Katharine Hepburn, in 1934. When M-G-M obtained the rights to the novel in 1935, it was announced that Jean Harlow would star and Brian Aherne would play one of the male leads. Information contained in the file on the film in the MPAA/PCA Collection in the AMPAS library, notes that the Hays Office raised serious objections about the profanity used by Andrew Jackson throughout the original script. All instances of the character saying "damn" or "hell" were subsequently removed from the script. Some reviews noted that although the film was loosely based on real characters and incidents, many historical inaccuracies were present. Modern sources note that Bow Timberlake actually committed suicide and that John Eaton was forced to resign from Jackson's cabinet. Although Joan Crawford and Franchot Tone had acted together previously on the screen, this was their first joint film appearence subsequent to their 1935 marriage, a fact prominently mentioned in studio publicity for the picture. Beulah Bondi received an Academy Award nomination as Best Supporting Actress for her role as Rachel Jackson. Modern sources credit Henry Grace with set decoration.