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Harry Leon Wilson's novel was first serialized in The Saturday Evening Post. The working title for this film was His Majesty, Bunker Bean, which also was the British release title. According to Hollywood Reporter, John Arledge and John Beal were first considered for the role of "Bunker Bean." Owen Davis, Jr., who eventually got the part, made his debut as a star in the production. The exact nature of Henry Johnson and John Grey's writing contribution, which was found in Screen Achievements Bulletin, is not known. Hollywood Reporter production charts add Helen Lowell, Richard Barbee, Lorimer Johnson, Bentley Hewlett, Ralph Byrd and Will Stanton to the cast, but their participation in the final film has not been confirmed. Modern sources add Joan Davis (Telephone operator) to the cast. In 1918, William D. Taylor directed Jack Pickford and Louise Huff in a Famous Players-Lasky version of Wilson's novel called His Majesty, Bunker Bean (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1911-20; F1.1982). In 1928, Warner Bros. produced another version, also called His Majesty, Bunker Bean, which was directed by Harry Beaumont and starred Matt Moore (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1921-30; F2.2523).