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John P. Marquand's novel was serialized as Gone Tomorrow in McCall's magazine (Sep 1940-January 1941). According to M-G-M publicity materials, Marquand's novel sold over 200,000 copies within the first six months of publication. Frank Sullivan is credited with editing on several Hollywood Reporter production charts, but only Harold F. Kress is credited on the film and in reviews. According to a July 3, 1941 Hollywood Reporter news item, actor Lew Ayres was tested for a role in the film, presumably that of "Bill King." A 28 July Hollywood Reporter news item noted that Herbert Marshall was at one time set for the title role in the picture. Most reviews singled out the performance of Hedy Lamarr and called it the best of her career. Modern sources include Ava Gardner in the cast, but she was not identifiable in the viewed print. An Hollywood Reporter news item on August 1, 1941 noted that Gardner "a model," had just been signed by M-G-M. If she did appear as an extra in H. H. Pulham, Esq., it May have been her debut film.