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The working title of the film was Half Way Decent. The title card of the film reads "Damon Runyon's Little Miss Marker." Lynne Overman and Jack Sheehan made their film debuts in this film. According to copyright records, Los Angeles surgeon Vern Sopher was technical adviser for the hospital scene. An article in a 1941 Los Angeles Examiner stated that producer Buddy DeSylva was considering the possibility of a follow-up film starring Shirley Temple, Adolphe Menjou and Lynne Overman, tentatively titled Little Miss Marker Grows Up. This film was never made. A modern source notes that Paramount had been considering casting Jackie Cooper in a revised version of the Runyon story before they borrowed Shirley Temple from Fox Film Corp. Modern sources include Hattie McDaniel, Bill Robinson and Bessie Lyle in the cast. Also based on Runyon's story are Paramount's 1949 film Sorrowful Jones, directed by Sidney Lanfield and starring Bob Hope, Lucille Ball and Jane Saunders; Universal's 1962 film Forty Pounds of Trouble, directed by Norman Jewison and starring Tony Curtis, Suzanne Pleshette and Claire Wilcox; and Universal's 1980 film Little Miss Marker, directed by Walter Bernstein and starring Walter Matthau, Julie Andrews and Tony Curtis.