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A news item in Daily Variety indicates that although production was slated to begin on February 28, 1934, it was delayed due to the illness of William Collier Sr., who was to play the "Managing editor." Collier was replaced by Robert McWade. In his autobiography, Preston Sturges remarks that he and producer B. P. Schulberg disagreed on the writing credits for this film. According to Sturges, Schulberg "as a producer, was accustomed to accepting praise for pictures as generals accept praise for the valor of their soldiers, and it thus seemed logical to him that the writers should feel the same general sense of shared accomplishment." Sturges adds that although he shared credit with three other writers, "not much" of his work was used.