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According to news items in Daily Variety and Hollywood Reporter, Edmund Grainger was to have produced this film and Myles Connolly was to have written the screenplay, but their participation in the final project has not been confirmed. A pre-production news item in Hollywood Reporter notes that Universal considered casting Marlene Dietrich in this film, but decided that the woman's part was too insignificant for the star and would require a complete rewrite of the script. Other news items in Hollywood Reporter add that Universal built a mile-square exterior set near Tarzana, CA to duplicate an African Gold Coast Village. Technical advisor Major C. J. Ramsay was a member of the King's Eleventh Hussars.