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The working title of this film was Four Walls. In May 1934, M-G-M announced in Hollywood Reporter that production on the film was to be pushed up three months so that Clark Gable could play the lead. Gable, however, did not start in the production, which began in mid-June 1934. Mae Clarke was first assigned to play the part of "Shirley," but left the production to appear in Columbia's Captain Hates the Sea, according to a Hollywood Reporter news item. Also in May 1934, Wells Root was reported as the assigned writer, and Edwin L. Marin as the projected director. Although Marin did not direct any part of the film, it is not known if Root contributed to the script. In addition to Gable and Clarke, Christian Rub and Henry Wadsworth were announced as cast members in Hollywood Reporter news items, but neither of these actors appeared in the film. In 1928, William Nigh directed John Gilbert and Joan Crawford in Four Walls, the first M-G-M version of Dana Burnet and George Abbott's play (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1921-30; F2.1942).