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This was Mae West's first film and was George Raft's first starring role. Hollywood Reporter noted on June 23, 1932 that shooting was delayed on this film while it was re-cast and re-written. According to the Paramount Script Collection at the AMPAS Library, in the first script of this film, dated June 20, 1932, David Burton is credited with direction, Elliot J. Clawson with screenplay, and Joseph L. Mankiewicz and William Slavens McNutt with dialogue. In a script dated August 6, 1932, they have been replaced by Archie Mayo (director) and Vincent Lawrence (screenplay). Nancy Carroll is listed as Raft's co-star in early scripts, and in the first white script, dated August 15, 1932, which also lists William Pawley as Leo. An early script included a prologue that showed "No. 55" as a new house in the 1890s, then showed it deteriorating into a speakeasy. The prologue was scheduled to be shot after the picture, but in the release dialogue script, dated October 5, 1932, it is reduced to a shot of the "55" house with a "SOLD" sign on it, followed by a FADEOUT, before a florist arrives and the main action of the movie begins.