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The working title of this film was The Unholy Beebes. According to a Hollywood Reporter news item, Don Ameche and Mickey Rooney were initially cast in the film, however, Ameche was replaced by Fred MacMurray, and Rooney was replaced by Donald O'Connor. Contemporary and modern reviewers alike note the film's importance in Bing Crosby's career as his dramatic role was a departure from earlier roles and demonstrated a broader acting range. The film was previewed at Del March racetrack, where Crosby often raced his own horses. According to the pressbook, Crosby's horse "Ligaroti" appears in the film as the winning horse in the sweepstakes. The pressbook also notes that the racetrack scenes were shot on location at Santa Anita racetrack in Arcadia, CA. Sing You Sinners was considered one of the best English-language films of 1938 by the National Board of Review Awards. Paramount remade Sing You Sinners in 1944 as And the Angels Sing, directed by George Marshall and starring Dorothy Lamour and Fred MacMurray (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1941-50.) Although Sing You Sinners is a film about three singing brothers and their mother, And the Angels Sing features three singing sisters and their father.