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According to information found in the MPAA/PCA Collection at the AMPAS Library, this story was first considered for developement at Paramount in 1934. When that studio submitted the original script to the PCA, it was rejected "because of the great emphasis throughout the story upon inceniarism." Paramount then presented written statements from the Traveler's Fire Insurance Co. and the Los Angeles Fire Department to the PCA, in an attempt to assure them that the proposed film would not demonstrate how to commit an arson fire, as "it is physically impossible to set fires in the manner we delineate." When Columbia took over the project in 1935, the PCA dropped its original objections, and showed concern only for language, alcohol usage and other minor details.