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According to reviews and to studio press releases, this picture was inspired by an actual four-year feud between radio show hosts Jack Benny and Fred Allen. The feud was allegedly caused by a crack that Allen made about Benny's violin playing. In the opening credits of the film, the titles for Benny and Allen become animated and fight each other for top billing. Scriptwriters William Morrow and Edmund Beloin were writers for Benny's radio program. The speedboat sequences were shot off the coast of Santa Catalina, CA.