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A 1938 Hollywood Reporter news item indicates that Florence Rice was originally slated for the title role in this film, and in December 1939, Hollywood Reporter announced that Rosalind Russell was set for the title role. According to a Hollywood Reporter pre-release news item, background shots were filmed at Lake Arrowhead, California. The MPAA/PCA Collection at the AMPAS Library contains a letter sent by the PCA to M-G-M on June 6, 1940, in which the studio was warned to eliminate or alter several scenes and lines of dialogue: the "action of 'Dulcy' whispering in the waiter's ear suggests inescapably a 'toilet gag,'" Dulcy's line, "He forced it from my most intimate parts" and the title of the book "Pschopathia-Sexualis" were deemed unacceptable. Two weeks after the Hays office rejected the notion of the character Van Dyke carrying the book "Psychopathia-Sexualis," it approved the title "Nuts-The True Story of a Peanut," with the stipulation that the line "The True Story of a Peanut" be discernible to the audience. A Lux Radio Theatre presentation of Dulcy aired on March 29, 1937, and starred George Burns and Gracie Allen. Two previously produced films based on the same source are Dulcy, a 1923 First National release, directed by Sidney A. Franklin and starring Constance Talmadge and Claude Gillingwater; and Not So Dumb, a 1930 M-G-M release directed by King Vidor and starring Marion Davies and Elliott Nugent (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1921-30; F2.1472 and F2.3893).