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According to a December 11, 1941 Los Angeles Examiner news item, a script authored by Gene Towne and Mark Kelly entitled Miss Grant Takes Richmond was to be made by Columbia and star Rosalind Russell and Melvyn Douglas. Except for the title, however, the proposed story bears only a slight resemblance to the 1949 film. A July 22, 1948 Los Angeles Times news item reported that Russell might star in the 1949 film to fulfill her contractual agreement with Columbia. According to a February 10, 1949 Hollywood Reporter news item, Columbia tried to borrow Jack Carson from Warner Bros. for the film. On May 19, 1950, Lucille Ball starred in a Screen Directors' Playhouse version of the story.