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The working title of this film was My Girl Godfrey. The film's title initially was His Butler's Sister, but was changed to My Girl Godfrey while the film was in pre-production, then changed back to the original title once production began. In March 1941, Hollywood Reporter announced that Universal was planning to make a film entitled His Butler's Sister, which was to star Deanna Durbin and be produced by Bruce Manning, directed by William A. Seiter, and written by Felix Jackson, who is credited as producer on the 1943 film. It has not been determined if any elements from the earlier, planned production were used in the released film. The film opens with the following written foreword: "The Food, Drinks, Clothes, Shoes, Rubber, Gas and other articles consumed or used in this picture are purely imaginary and have no relation to any actual Foods, Drinks, Clothes, Shoes, Rubber, Gas and other articles of today, rationed or unrationed. Any resemblance is purely accidental. This is a fable of the day before yesterday." According to Universal press materials, the Russian medley performed by Deanna Durbin included elements from the Russian folk songs "Yamschtschick," "Kalitka" and "Two Guitars." Bernard B. Brown was nominated for an Academy Award in the category of Sound Recording, but lost to E. H. Hansen's work on the Twentieth Century-Fox film Wilson . On February 7, 1944, Deanna Durbin, Pat O'Brien and Franchot Tone reprised their roles in a radio version of this film for the Lux Radio Theatre.