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Ursula Parrott's novel was first titled Say Goodbye Again and was serialized in McCall's from December 1934-April 1935 under that title. The working title of the film was Next Time We Live. According to a Daily Variety news item, director Edward Griffith and studio executives debated over the title of the film, because Griffith felt that the title Next Time We Live would attract patrons because it was the title of the novel, while executives felt that the novel's title "might deflect prospective patrons who don't like reincarnation ring." Daily Variety news items also report the following: Three weeks into production, writer Doris Anderson was "teamed" with Melville Baker to complete the script. Shooting had begun with only half of the script written by Baker. Francis Lederer was originally cast for the lead role, but was unavailable due to prior commitments. Production was delayed because Margaret Sullavan was busy shooting retakes for Paramount's film So Red the Rose (see below). Universal gaffer Max Nippel's newborn infant appeared in the film. Assistant director Ralph Slosser testified at a National Labor Relations Board investigation in 1938 that he directed some scenes for this film in San Francisco using doubles, following a request that he do so by the studio, and that he also directed some studio scenes; the investigation was concerned with the question of whether assistant directors were ever called on to direct scenes. According to a modern source, Sullavan was responsible for the casting of James Stewart in this role.