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The film's title card lists the title as Damon Runyon's Tight Shoes. Hollywood Reporter reported that Mayfair Productions purchased two short stories from writer Damon Runyon in October 1940, this one and "Butch Minds the Baby," which was also produced through Universal under that title (see entry above). Hollywood Reporter reported that actor Broderick Crawford had been loaned by Universal to Warner Bros. for Manpower (see entry above), but when casting problems delayed the production of that film, he returned to Universal to star in Tight Shoes. The Daily Variety review called the film "...the closest interpretation of the Damon Runyon humor that has yet been brought to the screen." Actress Binnie Barnes and actor, radio announcer Mike Frankovich had been married in real life since 1940. Frankovich was also a prominent producer and production executive from the 1940s on. This was the only film in which Barnes and Frankovich, who were married until his death in 1992, appeared together.