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According to a 1940 news item in Los Angeles Times, Anne Shirley was considered for the lead in this picture and Jerry Cady was assigned to write the screenplay. An early Hollywood Reporter production chart also credits Cady with screenplay, but his contribution was later downgraded to contributor to treatment by Screen Achievements Bulletin. A Hollywood Reporter news item notes that Edmond O'Brien replaced James Craig in the role of "Red Reddy" when Craig was reassigned to appear in the film Unexpected Uncle (see below). This picture was Ruth Warwick's first assignment under her RKO contract. Warwick had initially come to the studio to appear in Orson Welles' Citizen Kane. The Variety review erroneously listed camerman Nicholas Musuraca as Michael Musuraca.