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According to studio publicity contained in the production files at the AMPAS Library, this was the first time that director Mitchell Leisen did not appear as an extra in one of his films. This was the first film in which Barbara Stanwyck and Fred MacMurray worked together. Their only other joint screen appearance was in Double Indemnity, directed by Billy Wilder in 1944. Materials contained in the Preston Sturges Papers at the UCLA Library add that Sturges suggested the title Great Love for this film. This was Preston Sturges' last writing project before he became a writer-director. Modern sources add that Leisen shortened Sturges' script considerably.