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The working title of this film was Unexpected Bride. According to Hollywood Reporter news items, the film was originally intended as a William Powell vehicle, but because Powell was unavailable at the time, the studio cast Spencer Tracy. Hollywood Reporter production charts and pre-release news items list actors Lee Shumway, Thomas Jackson and Charles Trowbridge in the cast, but their appearance in the released film has not been determined. According to modern sources, M-G-M production executive Eddie Mannix, after viewing rushes from a scene in which Myrna Loy awakens from a sleepless night, upraided photographer James Wong Howe for filming her with unkempt hair and for "unglamorizing a star M-G-M had spent a fortune to glamorize." A November 25, 1935 Hollywood Reporter news item notes that following a preview showing of the film, M-G-M sent the picture back into production for new scenes. Modern sources indicate that this was Loy's first film since her much publicized salary strike. Previously, Loy, who complained that her salary had not been raised in two years and that she was being exploited, refused to make another picture until her salary demands were met.