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The working title for this film was Rio. Columbia borrowed actor Keenan Wynn, director S. Sylvan Simon and dance director Eugene Loring from M-G-M for the production. Actor Allyn Joslyn was borrowed from Twentieth Century-Fox. A pre-production Hollywood Reporter news item indicates that Melvyn Douglas was originally set for the role played by Keenan Wynn. Lee Bowman replaced Douglas but left the picture in late April due to an illness. Although a still photograph indicates that dancers Carol Haney and Virginia Hunter were cast in the production, their appearance in the released film has not been confirmed.