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Although Ronald Colman's name is listed above the title, it is placed last in the list of "The Players." According to Motion Picture Herald and Hollywood Reporter news items, director George Fitzmaurice shot extensive retakes and additional scenes in July 1931 after previews of this film met with the audiences' disapproval. A Hollywood Reporter news item noted that the photography was uneven throughout the film and speculated that the retakes were done by a photographer other than George Barnes, who receives onscreen credit. Gregg Toland is credited as co-photographer in the Motion Picture Herald and Film Daily reviews, and it is possible that he shot the additional scenes. The Unholy Garden marks the last film appearance of actor Ullrich Haupt, who was killed in a hunting accident on August 6, 1931. This was also the eighth and final Ronald Colman film directed by George Fitzmaurice. According to modern sources, writers Ben Hecht and Charles MacArthur "consigned" the writing of the script to two unnamed subordinates after they began preparing the script for Scarface.