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The original story was entitled "Vienna Hall." According to a pre-release article in Los Angeles Times, Paramount had previously selected skater Sonja Henie and George Raft to perform the lead roles. Copyright records and press materials indicate the following: Choral group Maenner Gesanges Verain of the Turnverein Germania of Los Angeles, CA, perform in the film. The Most Beautiful Girls Orchestra, featuring Sylvia Rutherford, Virginia Gregg, Helen Ireland, Eunice Wannerman, Jo Harvey, Marjorie McAnolly and Kathleen McArtre, make their debut. News items in Daily Variety and Hollywood Reporter indicate that Champagne Waltz was recorded for release in five languages, and that Ann Ronell was the first female composer signed by Paramount. Fred MacMurray previously performed with the California Collegians in 1930. According to one modern source, independent producer Lester Cowan paid $10,000 for a screenplay written by H. S. Kraft and Billy Wilder, with the writers each receiving a $1000 advance. Another source notes that Wilder received $750 as a partial payment of a $1,000 fee, and when production was postponed, Cowan offered Wilder a writing position at Paramount as compensation.