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The pre-production title of the film was The Prodigal. Some sources refer to Frederick Lonsdale as author of a play on which the film was based, however, Variety notes that it was an original for the screen, Lonsdale's first, and that it was written in collaboration with Benjamin Glazer. The title of Lonsdale's original story was "Monarch of the Field," according to modern sources. The character played by Myrna Loy was "Mary Crayle," although most reviews and modern sources list the name as "Carlyle." Modern sources indicate that the film's original director was Irving Cummings and that the part of Dorothy was played by Constance Cummings. After some footage was shot, George Fitzmaurice replaced director Cummings, Young replaced the actress Cummings, and all previously film scenes were re-shot. Modern sources also note that this film was actress Florence Britton's first.