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The play Her Cardboard Lover was adapted from the French play Dans sa candeur nave by Jacques Deval (Paris, 13 January 1926). The Broadway version of the play starred Jeanne Eagels and Leslie Howard. The working title of the film was also Her Cardboard Lover. According to a news item in Film Daily, Nils Asther was originally scheduled to appear in the film, probably in the role taken over by Gilbert Roland. Various news items in Hollywood Reporter prior to the film's production noted that Robert Montgomery was originally cast in the lead in early August 1931 and that M-G-M had announced that it would shelve the picture in early September 1931. On 14 Sep, however, the project was re-activated when Buster Keaton was announced as the lead. Following Keaton's assignment, Leo McCarey was announced as the director, but was replaced by Edward Sedgwick. One news item noted that Byron Morgan was to adapt the play, however, his participation in the completed film cannot be confirmed. Charlotte Greenwood was announced for a role in the picture, but she did not appear in the film. Her role was probably to have been that of Aunt Charlotte, the part played by Maude Eburne. This was the first picture in which Jimmy Durante co-starred with Buster Keaton as a comedy team. A French-language version, Le plombier amoureux, was also produced. M-G-M made another film adaptation of the play in 1942 under the title Her Cardboard Lover. That film was directed by George Cukor and starred Norma Shearer and Robert Taylor.