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According to information in the Twentieth Century Fox Records of the Legal Department and the Produced Scripts Collection at the UCLA Arts Library-Special Collections, the character of "Dewey Roberts" was loosely based on Wendell Willkie, who ran for president on the Republican ticket in 1940. A memo in the legal records notes that executive producer Darryl F. Zanuck had discussed the characterization with Willkie, and that Willkie approved of the dramatization of similarities between himself and "Dewey Roberts." The legal records also report that the sequences by the lake were shot at Malibu Lake, CA. According to a Hollywood Reporter news item, Harry Hayden replaced Grant Mitchell in the role of "Mr. Roberts" because Mitchell was committed to Warner Bros.' The Man Who Came to Dinner. Hollywood Reporter also noted that Jack Grimes, a fourteen year-old radio actor, was to be included in the cast, but his participation in the completed picture has not been confirmed. Jane Seymour, who played "Mrs. Roberts" in the film, played the same role during the play's Broadway run (25 September 1935). According to the Hollywood Reporter review, the film was tradeshown to the press in Glendale on December 18, 1941, the same night as "America's first war blackout." The picture was remade as a television presentation for the 20th-Fox Hour. Entitled Men in Her Life, it starred Phyllis Kirk and Kendall Scott, was directed by Lewis Allen and aired in April 1957.