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According to a February 1937 news item in Hollywood Reporter, the film's early title was Careless Rapture. According to news items in Los Angeles Examiner, Marlene Dietrich was originally to have starred in this picture, with Fritz Lang directing. A later item in Los Angeles Examiner notes that Ray Milland was considered for the male lead opposite Claudette Colbert. A January 1939 item in Hollywood Reporter adds that the production was divided into two units in order to insure that it would be completed in time to permit Don Ameche to star in The Story of Alexander Graham Bell. Mitchell Leisen directed the first unit while Hal Walker directed the second. Modern sources state that Barbara Stanwyck was also slated for the female lead, but previous commitments forced her to withdraw. Modern sources add the following names to the cast: William Eddritt, Michael Visaroff and Joseph Romantini (Footmen), Carlos De Valdez (Butler), Joseph De Stefani (Head porter), Arno Frey (Room clerk), Eugene Borden (First porter), Paul Bryar (Second porter), Leonard Sues (Bellboy), Robert Graves (Doorman), Eddy Conrad (Prince Potopienko), Elspeth Dudgeon (Dowager), Helen St. Rayner (Coloratura), Billy Daniels (Roger), Bryant Washburn (Guest) and Max Lucke (Lawyer).