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Early pre-production news items in Hollywood Reporter note that Walter Abel (who did not appear in the final film) was assigned a principal role, that Ray Milland and Eddie Albert were considered for roles and that Frank Tuttle was considered to direct. In 1940, Twentieth Century-Fox contract actor Don Ameche pulled out of the cast of Paramount's The Night of January 16th, (see below) engendering a lawsuit against him by Paramount. The situation was settled when Ameche agreed to appear in Kiss the Boys Goodbye. Although reviews such as Daily Variety noted that the black chorus in the film, described as "field hands" in the script, was "one of the highlights," the singers were not credited in contemporary sources. According to information in the Paramount Collection at the AMPAS Library, dancer Louis DaPron was slated to appear in the film.