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The play was produced in association with Warner Bros. After the New York production, the studio had some difficulty obtaining the movie rights to the play because Barre Lyndon retained control of the movie rights and placed the play on the open market. According to Los Angeles Times, other bidders were Carl Laemmle Jr., Paramount and M-G-M. Variety reported that Laemmle purchased the play for a sum in excess of $50,000 and then, according to the Los Angeles Examiner, sold it back to Warner Bros., in exchange for the loan of Paul Muni whom Laemmle wanted for The Hunchback of Notre Dame. Irving Rapper was originally assigned to the film as dialogue director, but was replaced by Jo Graham. According to a news item in Citizen News, Ronald Colman was Robert Lord's choice for the role of Clitterhouse. Warner Bros. press releases noted that a number of prominent silent stars appear in the film in featured or bit roles.