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No Man of Her Own(1932)

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According to contemporary sources, this film's title was borrowed from Val Lewton's best-selling novel No Bed of Her Own, originally purchased for Clark Gable and Miriam Hopkins. The novel's title was also used as an early working title. According to the file on the film in the Paramount Script Collection at the AMPAS Library, Austin Parker wrote the original treatment and screenplay from Lewton's novel. To satisfy censorship restrictions imposed by the Hays Office, another story titled "Here Is My Heart" (not to be confused with the 1934 Paramount film starring Bing Crosby) was purchased August 6, 1932. A treatment note found in the story files states, "the story is essentially a brutal one-a sock on the nose-and we are going to sacrifice its best values if we try to soften it, make it nice, or whitewash it." The first script dated September 17, 1932 lists James Flood as director and E. Lloyd Sheldon as associate producer. Although Wesley Ruggles eventually replaced Flood, it is unclear whether Sheldon remained on the production as associate producer, although the story files list Albert Lewis as the film's final producer. On September 23, 1932, Hollywood Reporter announced that the script was being rewritten. According to a Hollywood Reporter news item on October 4, 1932, Lowell Sherman walked off the set after a pay dispute and was replaced by Wesley Ruggles. Hopkins quit the production in early November 1932, claiming the role was not suitable for her. Gable was on loan from M-G-M for this film. Gable and Lombard were married in 1939. This was their only co-starring film. According to a Hollywood Reporter news item, this film was re-issued in 1937.