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The film's pre-release title was Private Nurse. A news item in Variety in late December 1936 noted that Scott R. Dunlap had purchased Numbered Woman, "an original" by Harrison Jacobs for Sterling Pictures Corp. Another news item in Hollywood Reporter in July 1937 noted that Arthur Greville Collins had been given the job of producing and directing Monogram's Numbered Women, which was to go into production the following week. The credits for the released film did not mention Jacobs, Collins or Dunlap, although Dunlap was the vice-president in charge of production at Monogram in 1938. Sterling Pictures was established in November 1936 by Dunlap and W. Ray Johnston when they left Republic Pictures. The name Sterling Pictures apparently was never used on any released films, and many of the films announced as Sterling properties eventually were produced under the Monogram name.