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According to a news item in Hollywood Reporter on September 18, 1939, Selznick-International had just closed a deal with Universal to purchase the rights to Robert Sherwood's play. According to news items in Daily Variety, after M-G-M obtained the rights to the play, they negotiated with Laurence Olivier to play the male lead in this picture, but Olivier's prior commitment to Warner Bros. to make The Prime Minister prevented his appearance. This picture marked Vivien Leigh's first performance after her success in Gone with the Wind. In materials contained in the MPAA/PCA Files at the AMPAS Library, Joseph I. Breen cautioned M-G-M to eliminate all details of prostitution in the film and any suggestion that "Lady Margaret" May have condoned "Myra's" actions as a prostitute. The British Board of Film Censors filed a formal protest with Breen regarding the scenes in the picture depicting air raids over London. The film received Academy Award nominations in the Cinematography (Black-and-White) and Music (Original Score) categories. For other films based on Robert E. Sherwood's play, see entry above for the 1931 film Waterloo Bridge.