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Booth Tarkington's novel was serialized in Ladies' Home Journal (Sep 1926-January 1927). A working title for this film was The Plutocrat, and it was reviewed as such in Hollywood Reporter. According to the Twentieth Century-Fox Produced Scripts Collection at the UCLA Theater Arts Library, Sam Taylor was listed as the director on a draft of the screeplay dated October 15, 1931. Although he received a co-directing credit on screen, Taylor May have directed only the retakes on the film.