powered by AFI
DVDs from TCM Shop
The films pre-release titles were Spent Bullets and Single Lady. The novel is based on a series of stories featuring the character "Nikki," which were published in Liberty Weekly (15 November 1930-17 January 1931). This was German-born director William Dieterle's first English language picture. He had worked in Hollywood directing several German-language versions of American features since the late 1920s. Variety indicates that William Wellman was originally scheduled to direct. PCA files indicate that censors objected to sexual innuendo and skimpy clothing in some scenes in the film. Modern sources add Yola d'Avril and Luis Alberni to the cast. Modern sources call the film one of the few cinematic treatments of "The Lost Generation." Following the film's release, a musical adaptation entitled Nikki opened on Broadway on September 29, 1931 with Douglass Montgomery, Fay Wray, and Archie Leach, prior to his adoption of the name Cary Grant.