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The working title of this film was The Glory Command. The film's onscreen prologue reads: "Dedicated to Henry Latrobe Roosevelt, who as Assistant Secretary of the Navy keeps alive the Navy tradition begun by Theodore Roosevelt in 1895 and so gallantly continued by Franklin D. Roosevelt." Dorothy Jordan and Joel McCrea were announced as the film's stars in a late May 1933 Hollywood Reporter news item. Bruce Cabot replaced McCrea in early June 1933, so that McCrea could do retakes for another RKO production, Bed of Roses. According to Film Daily and Hollywood Reporter news items, Luana Walters and Jean Carmen were cast in the production, but their participation in the final film has not been confirmed. Scenes from the film were shot at the United States Naval Academy and other locations in Annapolis, MD, according to news items. In July 1933, Film Daily announced that select scenes from the screenplay were to be performed on the "Hollywood on the Air" radio program, with the film's stars recreating their screen roles. Although based on a different script, RKO's 1937 production Annapolis Salute, which also was directed by Christy Cabanne, bears a strong resemblance to this film.