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The working title of the film was Spinster Dinner. According to a Daily Variety news item, Melvyn Douglas was cast in the male lead in October 1935. Later news items noted that Carole Lombard, who was borrowed by Universal in exchange for the loan of Margaret Sullavan for Paramount's So Red the Rose, initially declined the lead role because she disliked the script. Lombard, who had the right to reject scripts, rejected the scripts of Preston Sturges, Claude Binyon, Samuel Hoffenstein, Harry Clork, Doris Malloy and William Conselman. Although the Screen Achievements Bulletin lists Preston Sturges as a contributing writer, the contributions of the additional writers to the final film has not been determined. Had Lombard not accepted Herbert Fields's final script, a Daily Variety news item noted, she would have returned to Paramount and Universal would have been required to pay Margaret Sullavan's salary for So Red the Rose. In addition, Lombard brought a technical crew from Paramount to work on the film, including photographer Ted Tetzlaff and costume designer Travis Banton. According to a Daily Variety news item, assistant director Phil Karlstein testified at a National Labor Relations Board investigation in 1938 that he directed some scenes in this film; the investigation was concerned with the question of whether assistant directors were ever called on to direct scenes. According to modern sources, Dixie Pantages was Lombard's stand-in and Franz Waxman was the musical director.