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A pre-production Film Daily news item announced that Gilbert Roland was to share "menace honors" with Lew Cody, but Roland did not appear in the film. According to other Film Daily news items, Julia Swayne Gordon and Erin La Bissioniere were cast in the picture, but their participation in the final film has not been confirmed. Film Daily also states that the Comtesse Margot De La Falaise, wife of Comte Alain De La Falaise, was to make her screen debut in this film under her maiden name, Margot Webb. Alain De La Falaise was a writer for RKO, and his brother Henri was head of the studio's French language film production and was Constance Bennett's husband at the time of this production. The comtesse's participation in the final film has not been confirmed. Although onscreen credits list Lew Cody's character name as "Carmedon," he is called "Cardemon" in the film and is credited in reviews as such. According to RKO inter-office memos, atmospheric footage for the film was shot in Paris by William H. Dietz. It is not known, however, if Dietz' footage was used in the finished film, or if the studio opted for stock footage instead. In addition, for the nightclub scene, RKO "borrowed" First National's "Viennese Street," which was located at its Neville studio. In 1916, Albert Capellani directed Clara Kimball Young in a Lewis Selznick version of Robert Chambers' novel (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1911-20; F1.0767). In 1923, George Archainbaud directed Corinne Griffith in a Selznick Pictures version of the novel (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1921-30; F2.0987).