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Photographer Marcel Le Picard's name is misspelled "Picard" in the onscreen credits of this film. Although the opening credits indicate that the film was copyrighted by Stern Fisher, the title was not included in the Catalog of Copyright Entries. The film contains the following written prologue: "Here is a page from the Book of Life...The characters are real people who live deep in the heart of Thunderhead Mountain. In dramatizing the life among these "back-yonder-folk," we aim neither to ridicule nor to defend their mode of living...and if our story will help to abolish Child Marriage it will have served its purpose." According to materials contained in the MPAA/PCA Collection at the AMPAS Library, the film was denied a certificate of approval by the PCA because it dealt with child marriage, which the PCA deemed "a sexually abhorrent abnormality which violates all moral principles." Also objected to was the onscreen depiction of child nudity and the fact that the dwarf was never punished for murdering "Jake Bolby." Prior to the production of this film, several projects concerning the marriage of young children to "backwoods" adults were presented to the PCA for approval. In 1938, Columbia submitted a script for a film titled Abandoned, but Joseph Breen, the head of the PCA, persuaded the studio to abandon the project. In July 1938, Victory Production s submitted a script titled Child Wives. That project never reached fruition.