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In a New York Times news item from 1938, director Henry King stated that he made this film "on an impulse" and thought that it was "probably his best picture in a way." Included in the first draft of the treatment for the film, in the Twentieth Century-Fox Produced Scripts Collection at the UCLA Theater Arts Library, is the following statement of intent in producing a film based on the Nathan book: "...it has all the attractive qualities of It Happened One Night....the depression angle May easily be eliminated and would help rather than hinder the story....This is an opportunity of producing a 'A Theatre Guild' type of play on the screen. Not an 'arty' sort of thing aimed at small audiences but one with general appeal and as easy to understand as Ah, Wilderness." The New York Times review commented that the film abandoned "all but the leanest suggestion of Mr. Nathan's satirical implications" and pointed out that the character played by Janet Gaynor, "out of deference to the Legion of Decency and Miss Gaynor's following, has abandoned the scarlet vocation which the author designed for her and has now become an unemployed actress." According to correspondence in the MPAA/PCA Collection at the AMPAS Library, writer Edwin Burke agreed to rewrite two scenes in which there was the "definite suggestion...that Elizabeth has really gone out into the street to solicit men for purposes of prostitution" after PCA director Joseph Breen objected "that Gaynor engaged in playing a girl who would stoop to prostitution in order to get money would result in the most violent shock to audiences everywhere" and that the scene would be in violation of the Production Code. In the offending scenes, according to the PCA documents, "Elizabeth" "approaches a man, who counters by asking her for a dime" and then approaches the character "Sheridan." Burke agreed to delete the first scene and assured Breen that the second scenes would be played so that "no definite indication that Gaynor's meeting with him was prompted by any thought of 'selling'."
According to information in the Twentieth Century-Fox Records of the Legal Department, also at UCLA, this film was originally on Will Rogers' schedule. Also, according to the legal records, Joe Cunningham wrote the first draft of the treatment, but Edwin Burke did not use any of Cunningham's material.
In August 1954, Robert Nathan received an offer for a license for a version of the book to be presented over live television. Although he believed that he owned the rights regarding this, according to his 1933 contract with Fox, he apprised Twentieth Century-Fox of the situation and requested their clearance. The studio replied that it owned the rights, and Nathan sued them. To dispose of the case, the studio made arrangements with Nathan's attorneys to amend the 1933 contract so as to provide that Nathan reserve to himself the live television rights. No information has been located concerning a subsequent broadcast based on the book.