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According to the Twentieth Century-Fox Produced Scripts Collection at the UCLA Theater Arts Library, this film was originally intended to be a starring vehicle for Will Rogers, and Michael Whalen was considered for the part of "Tommy Sampson." According to a Hollywood Reporter news item, Ross Alexander was signed for "a leading part." Hollywood Reporter production charts suggest that Alexander was replaced by Norman Foster, although no confirmation of this has been found. Hollywood Reporter production charts also include the following as cast members: Maurine Marseilles, Leonie Pray, Jacques Vanaire and Max Barwyn. Their participation in the finished film has not been confirmed, however. Although Irvin S. Cobb, noted writer, humorist and actor, had appeared in other films, this was his first and only starring role in a feature. Edgar Franklin's story was first filmed by Warner Bros. in 1933 as The Working Man (see below).