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The working titles of this film were 1937 Pigskin Parade, Pigskin Parade of 1937 and Pigskin Parade of 1938. This was the Ritz Brothers' first starring picture and Dick Baldwin's first film. According to New York Times, Baldwin, whom they called "a Zeppo to the Ritz brothers," won the male lead opposite Simone Simon in Love and Hisses (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1931-40; F3.2587) because of his success in this film. According to a Variety news item, George Marshall was originally scheduled to direct. Film Daily noted that Sid Kuller wrote material for the Ritz Brothers before they entered films. According to news items, Ed Thorgersen was the sports announcer for the "Fox Movietone News." George Murphy and Phyllis Brooks are listed as cast members in early Hollywood Reporter production charts, but it is unlikely that they were in the final film. According to Liberty and Hollywood Reporter production charts, the Brewster Twins were in the cast, but their participation in the final film has not been confirmed. Hollywood Reporter production charts list Barney McGill as cameraman, but his participation in the film has not been confirmed. According to Box Office and Daily Variety, the running time of the preview was 80 minutes. The character of "George Black" contains some similarities to the great American football player and athlete Jim Thorpe, who was predominantly of American Indian descent and who was deprived of his gold medals for winning the decathlon and pentathlon in the 1912 Olympics because he played 2 summers of minor league baseball in 1910 and 1911.