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The working title of this film was He Married a Witch. Information in the Paramount Collection at the AMPAS Library reveals that writer Dalton Trumbo contributed to the script, but the exact nature of his contribution to the final film has not been determined. According to modern sources, Trumbo bowed out after experiencing conflicting opinions on the interpretation of the novel with producer Preston Sturges. Although Sturges is listed as producer in various contemporary sources, modern sources indicate that he left the production before completion due to artistic differences with director Ren Clair, and declined screen credit. According to a modern interview, Clair worked closely with Robert Pirosh on the script.
A Hollywood Reporter news item notes that Joel McCrea was initially slated for the lead, but declined the role because he did not want to work again with Veronica Lake, previously his co-star in Sullivan's Travels (see below). Information in the Paramount Collection also notes that Patricia Morison and Walter Abel were considered for the roles of "Estelle" and "Dudley," and a Hollywood Reporter news item indicates that Margaret Hayes tested for the film. In September 1942, Paramount sold a number of pictures to United Artists for distribution, including I Married a Witch. This film was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Music (Scoring of a Dramatic or Comedy Picture).