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The working title of the film was Wish I Had a Girl. Gus Kahn was born in Germany in 1886 and at the age of five moved to the United States with his parents. As depicted in the film, at various times he was a songwriting partner of composers Egbert Van Alstyne, Isham Jones and Walter Donaldson. He died in 1941. Although CBCS lists James Gleason's character as Fred Thompson, he is called Townsend in the picture. According to an Hollywood Reporter news item, Margaret Thomas, Danny Thomas' thirteen-year-old daughter, was to enact one of "Gus Kahn's" daughters, but her appearance in the released film has not been confirmed. Doris Day sang the tune "Love Me or Leave Me" when she played Ruth Etting in M-G-M's 1955 film Love Me Or Leave Me . Although Etting performed the song in the Broadway musical Whoopee!, the fictional character "Gloria Knight" is portrayed as the star of Whoopee! in I'll See You in My Dreams.
Warner Bros. purchased the rights to many of Gus Kahn's songs, which were frequently performed or heard as background music in Warner Bros. films of the 1930s and 1940s. On April 13, 1952, Los Angeles Examiner reported that Walter Donaldson's widow Dorothy was suing Warner Bros. and Intermountain Theaters for $450,000, charging that the movie portrayed Donaldson as a "gambler, rake, lover of wild parties and promoter of marital discords." She sought to have the picture withdrawn from circulation on behalf of hers and Donaldson's daughters. The final disposition of the suit is undetermined.