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In P. G. Wodehouse's novel, which was serialized in The Saturday Evening Post, "Jim" and "Ann" are cousins by marriage, and "Jim" is a magazine writer who publishes a scathing review of Ann's poetry. Although this and other aspects of the stories differ, many of the characterizations and situations are similar in the novel and film. According to news items in Hollywood Reporter, the film was initially to be produced by then M-G-M producer David O. Selznick in early 1935, with songs provided by Harold Adamson and Burton Lane. A October 26, 1934 news item in Hollywood Reporter notes that Rowland Lee was assigned by Selznick to complete work on the screenplay, which was initially written by Robert Benchley. J. Walter Ruben was set to direct the picture at that time, and Chester Hale was said to be working on dances for the picture in early November 1934. The production was "shelved" in 1935, then re-scheduled for late 1935, when writers Brian Marlow and Edwin Knopf were assigned to write the script. Harlan Ware was then added to the writing staff, followed by Manny Seff, who was to polish the script with Knopf after Marlow and Ware completed their work. All writers left the project in early September 1935, with the exception of Knopf, who received co-screenplay credit with Charles Brackett. Screen Achievements Bulletin credits Lynn Starling and Samuel Hoffenstein with contributions to the dialogue, but does not credit any other writers, aside from Brackett and Knopf. Wodehouse's novel was also the basis for a 1919 Lewis Selznick picture, directed by Wesley Ruggles and starring Owen Moore and Zena Keefe (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1911-20; F1.3445).