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The working title of this film was The World Moves On. According to the Variety review, Mark Hellinger wrote the original story from his own personal experiences as a newspaper reporter in the 1920s. A news item in Hollywood Reporter adds that 40 former bootleggers applied for the job of technical director on this film. The one finally chosen declined screen credit. The picture marked Raoul Walsh's directorial debut at Warners. It was included in the National Board of Review's "ten best" list of 1939. Modern sources add Fred Graham to the cast.