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A working title for this film was Death Marches On. A November 1936 Daily Variety news item noted that Max Marcin was set to supervise the production, but his participation in the final film has not been determined. According to material contained in the file for the film in the MPAA/PCA Collection at the AMPAS Library, in March 1936, the PCA, after having read the first draft of the script, urged Columbia to make a number of changes in the story to make it eligible for certification. Among the changes requested were: the murderer in the film should receive a stronger punishment; and the district attorney should not be shown permitting a miscarriage of justice in the courtroom. The PCA also took issue with a scene showing "Tony" undressing for a bath in the presence of newspaper reporters, and the showing of machine guns in the hands of gangsters.