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This film marked the first producing effort of James J. Geller, who had been the head of the story department at Warner Bros. since 1942. The Agatha Christie short story and Frank Vosper play were also the source for the 1937 United Artists British film of the same title, directed by Rowland V. Lee, and starring Basil Rathbone and Ann Harding (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1931-40; F3.5389). In the earlier version, the wife does poison the husband's coffee, and he dies from a heart attack. Vosper, playwright and adaptor of Christie's story, starred in the London stage version of the play, as well as in the Broadway production, which opened September 29, 1936. Eagle-Lion borrowed Sylvia Sidney from William Cagney's company for this production, and according to Hollywood Reporter, Michael Woulfe was also borrowed from Cagney's company.