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The working title of the film was The Old Soak. An earlier adaptation of Don Marquis' play was a 1926 Universal film entitled The Old Soak, directed by Edward Sloman and starring Jean Hersholt (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1921-30; F2. 3953). Wallace Beery had also appeared in an adaptation of the play on the Lux Radio Theatre on February 17, 1936.