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The title on the viewed print was Turf Boy. According to studio publicity materials, Doris Day (not the singer-actress who started her film career at Warner Bros. in the late 1940s) replaced Vicki Lester, who was stricken with ptomaine poisoning during production. In May 1941, Hollywood Reporter reported that PRC had purchased the rights to Martin Mooney's story from Franklin and Maurice Kozinsky, and that the film would be made by K.B. Productions for release by PRC. Instead, Mooney served as producer, making his producing debut for PRC. Although pre-production news items identify director William Beaudine as Mooney's co-producer, he is not credited as such onscreen or in the reviews. Mr. Celebrity marked the first time that noted silent film stars Francis X. Bushman and Clara Kimball Young appeared together onscreen. The picture earned generally strong reviews for its production values, which Daily Variety termed "phenomenal" given the seven-day shooting schedule and $22,500 budget.