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According to a Hollywood Reporter news item, author Gordon Malherbe Hillman was placed under contract by Twentieth Century-Fox to write an adaptation of his novelette, but no confirming evidence of his participation in the project as a screen writer has been located. According to a February 24, 1939 Hollywood Reporter news item, Warner Baxter was slated for a leading part in this film, and Gregory Ratoff was scheduled to direct. Hollywood Reporter news items and the Twentieth Century-Fox Records of the Legal Department at the UCLA Theater Arts Library provide the following information: When production began on May 25, 1939, William Seiter was the director. Filming was halted on June 2, 1939 because the previous weekend, Richard Greene had broken his left leg in a car accident. Production was stopped until July 13, 1939, by which time Seiter had been loaned to RKO. He was replaced by Roy Del Ruth, and Nancy Kelly, who was playing "Simpson Daniels," had joined the cast of Frontier Marshal and was replaced by Brenda Joyce. John Arledge was originally signed to play "Tom Sortwell," but was replaced by Russell Gleason. The following crew members worked on the film only during the first week of shooting with Seiter and photographer George Barnes: Production Manager Ralph Deitrich; Assistant Director Gene Bryant, Eli Dunn, Jerry Braun and Hal Herman; Camera Operator Irving Rosenberg; Assistant Camera Jack Warren; Script clerk Marie Branham and Helen Parker; Props Mack Elliot; Grip C. E. Richardson; Sound E. C. Ward; Cableman Fred Casey; Boom man William Pillar; Gaffer Lou Johnson; Best boy Ferdinand Meine; Makeup Bob Mieding; and Cutter Bob Bischoff. Part of the picture was filmed at Los Angeles City College. According to a Hollywood Reporter news item, Charles Tannen and Robert Lowery were to be in the cast, but their participation in the completed film has not been confirmed.