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The working title of the film was The Big Broadcast of 1935. According to information in the Jack Mintz Collection at the AFI library, Eddie Welch wrote the Amos 'n' Andy sequence. Although the film was originally released at 105 minutes, later release charts reveal that it was cut to 97 minutes. The screen credits listed all credits except the cast before the film's title. The order of these credits was unusual for this period. Throughout the film, various skits and performances were projected via the "Radio Eye." According to a pre-release article in Motion Picture Herald, Ruth Slenczynski was scheduled to perform on the piano, and William Burress was also supposed to appear in the film. The pressbook includes the following five trios and three quartettes in the cast, noting that they were heard but not seen: The Rhythmettes, The Ingenues, The Three Tones, The Three Shades of Blue, The Singing Guardsmen and The Uptowners. According to Variety, the song "It's the Animal in Me" was originally made for We're Not Dressing (see below), but was cut from that film. A Daily Variety news item noted that among sequences shot New York are the scenes with Amos 'n' Andy, the Ray Noble Band, and Fox and Walters. In 1935, AMPAS nominated LeRoy Prinz for an Academy Award for Dance Direction for the "It's the Animal in Me" number, which featured Ethel Merman. According to a 1936 Hollywood Reporter news item, the film's European release included three pieces not appearing in the American release. These include a song performed by Frank Forest and dances performed by Eleanore Whitney, Louis DaPron and the LeRoy Prinz dancers. The version produced for release in Latin American markets, entitled Cazadores de estrellas, contained a musical sequence, featuring singer Carlos Gardel, not in the English-language version. This film was the second in Paramount's "Big Broadcast" series. For more information on the series, see the entry above for The Big Broadcast.