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According to a Release Dialogue Script in the Paramount Story files at the AMPAS Library, the title card of the film read: "Zane Grey's Home on the Range." Zane Grey's novel was published serially in Country Gentleman magazine (28 April-14 July 1932). According to a Hollywood Reporter news item, Bobby Vernon was originally signed to co-write the screenplay. His contribution to the final film has not been determined. The film was originally called Code of the West, however, according to news items in Daily Variety and Hollywood Reporter, the title was changed to Home on the Range when the producers were given the rights to the title song. The film went back for retakes to include the song. According to a news item in Daily Variety, the picture was ready for previews in October 1934 but was pulled back to the studio for more work because the studio planned to do a "big build-up" of the film. Some scenes were shot on location at Malibu Lake, CA. Zane Grey's novel was first filmed in 1925 by Paramount as Code of the West, directed by William K. Howard and starring Owen Moore and Constance Bennett (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1921-30; F2.0950).