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The working title of this film was Portrait of a Rebel. Van Heflin made his screen acting debut in the production. According to Hollywood Reporter, RKO was slated to borrow Cora Witherspoon from M-G-M for a role, but that actress did not appear in the picture. A Hollywood Reporter news item announced Florence Lake as a cast member, but her participation in the final film has not been confirmed. Although not credited on the film, Clem Portman is listed in Hollywood Reporter production charts as the sound recorder. Modern sources list Portman as music recorder. One modern source claims that Katharine Hepburn agreed to make the picture as a tribute to her suffragette mother, while another states that producer Pandro Berman, who liked Netta Syrett's novel, had to convince Hepburn to take the part. According to modern sources, the film lost $222,000 at the box office. It was Hepburn's third consecutive flop. Modern sources add Marilyn French (Flora, as infant) to the cast, and credit Mel Berns with makeup, Nathaniel Shilkret as music director, Roy Webb, who is credited on the film as music director, with the picture's score, and Hermes Pan with choreographing the ballroom dances.