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Edna Ferber's novel won the Pulitzer Prize. According to Film Daily, Joseph Jackson wrote the adaptation with J. Grubb Alexander. The exact nature of his contribution to the final film has not been determined. Ferber's story was first filmed in 1924 by First National with star Colleen Moore, (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1921-30; F2.5201). Warner Bros. remade the novel in 1953 with Jane Wyman as Selina. That version was directed by Robert Wise.