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The plot summary was based on a screen continuity in the Twentieth Century-Fox Produced Scripts Collection, and the onscreen credits were taken from a screen credit sheet in the Twentieth Century-Fox Records of the Legal Department, both of which are at the UCLA Theater Arts Library. This film's working titles were Sky Line and Skyline. According to information in the legal records, the story was based on a play by Guy Bolton, which was produced in London, but no other information concerning the play has been located. Also, according to the legal records, Buddy DeSylva was connected with the film's production in some unspecified manner.
       The opening credits read, "Janet Gaynor and Charles Farrell in Delicious with George Gershwin Music." This was the first film for which George and Ira Gershwin wrote the full score. According to the legal records, the Gershwins were signed to compose eight songs for the film, in addition to the score, including theme and incidental music. The records include an assignment for the song "Mischa-Jascha-Toscha-Sascha," which was not included in the final film. Gershwin's "New York Rhapsody," which was entitled "Rhapsody in Rivets" during production, was highly praised by the critics. Motion Picture Herald commented, "Gershwin's 'New York Rhapsody,' which is presented against a striking background of New York life, is an outstanding feature of the production and probably constitutes one of the finest, if not the finest, musical composition originally conceived for motion pictures." Variety remarked that this composition, "which the composer is booked to play in concert shortly, is mutilated as spotted in sections in this script....Gershwin's new rhapsody is cut in pieces when first used as the musical background in a studio scene, but later gets into full play in a symbolic manner as Janet [Gaynor] wanders through the city in a daze." New York Times notes that Marvine Maazel played the composition in the film. The work was also entitled "Second Rhapsody." Film Daily reported on July 5, 1931 that a rehearsal of "Second Rhapsody" had been given under the auspices of NBC. The premiere of the work on New York on Christmas Day, 1931 occurred one day before the opening on Broadway of the Gershwins' musical Of Thee I Sing. According to modern sources, the song "Blah-Blah-Blah-Blah with You" was originally entitled "Lady of the Moon" and written for the never produced Florenz Ziegfeld musical East Is West, then revised and retitled as "I Just Looked at You" for the musical Show Girl, but discarded from that. Modern sources also state that the song "Thanks to You" was written for this film but dropped and that George Gershwin May have played the piano for some of the songs in the film.
       According to the legal records, Alfred Cordova was originally cast in the role of "Sascha." The legal records also contain information about a $1,500,000 suit by Corinne Swenson, also known as Marie Manix, for the alleged unauthorized use of her story "Lucky Molly Bawn." The suit was settled in May 1933 when the studio bought the story for $3,000. A Variety news item, dated June 31, 1935, stated that Twentieth Century-Fox was remaking Delicious under the title of The Immigrant. That title was the working title for the 1936 film Paddy O'Day, which starred Jane Withers (see below). While the plot of the later film has similarities to Delicious, neither of the writers of the earlier film are credited in connection with Paddy O'Day.