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The working titles of this film were Ten Dollar Raise and $10 Raise. Although Sol M. Wurtzel is credited onscreen as the film's executive producer, the SAB lists William Goetz, who was in charge of studio operations at the time, as the executive producer and Wurtzel as the producer. He Hired the Boss marked both the first film appearance of actress Evelyn Venable since the 1940 Twentieth Century-Fox production Lucky Cisco Kid, and her last screen appearance. Peter B. Kyne's story was first filmed in 1921 as The Ten Dollar Raise. Produced by J. L. Forthingham, the picture was directed by Edward Sloman and starred William B. Mong and Marguerite De La Motte. In 1935, Fox released $10 Raise, which was directed by George Marshall and starred Edward Everett Horton and Karen Morley (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1921-30; F2.5560 and AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1931-40; F3.4489). Bit actor Harrison Greene also appeared in the 1935 film.