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According to a February 2, 1941 New York Times article, producer Richard A. Rowland first became interested in Bess Streeter Aldrich's novel as a film property in 1932. A synopsis in copyright records reveals that the film originally ended with "Ella Bishop's" death, as diagnosed by a physician. Copyright records also indicate that background shots of "Midwestern University" were filmed on location at the University of Nebraska in Lincoln, NE. A Hollywood Reporter news item noted that the film earned Hollywood Reporter's first prize for best picture, direction, screenplay, actress and incidental performance in its January Preview Poll. The picture was nominated for an Academy Award in the category of Best Scoring of a Dramatic Picture. Cheers for Miss Bishop marked actress Rosemary De Camp's feature film debut and Marshall Neilan's last directorial assignment. Martha Scott, William Gargan and Mary Anderson reprised their roles in a Lux Radio Theatre version of the film broadcast March 17, 1941.