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A 6 July 1932 Hollywood Citizen-News news item reported that Hamilton MacFadden was originally set to direct this film and that Joan Bennett and John Boles were slated for the leads. According to news items, Fox decided to shelve the project in mid-September 1932 before production began. According to a Hollywood Reporter news item, Ricardo Cortez replaced Ralph Morgan as the male lead because Fox had signed Cortez for one film before his Paramount contract was to begin, and the film he was originally scheduled to do, The Giant Swing, was shelved. While the screen credits, studio records and credits in reviews call the character played by Francis McDonald "Charley Davis," he is actually called "Tommy Davis" in the film's dialogue. The New York Times reviewer, in panning the film, quipped that "the title would be a more accurate description if read backward." Some scenes were shot at the football "bowl" stadium at Yale University, according to a pressbook. Joan Blondell married the cameraman of this film, George Barnes, later in 1933. According to information in the MPAA/PCA Collection at the AMPAS Library, the PCA asked for Twentieth Century-Fox to withdraw its application for certification for a re-issue in October 1935 because the film did not conform with the tenets of the Production Code. Modern sources add the following addition credits: Orchestration Hugo Friedhofer; Cast Max Wagner (Reporter), Larry Steers (Business associate), Matty Roubert (Newsboy) and Henry Hall (Bailiff).