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New items in Hollywood Reporter offer the following information about the production of this film: Columbia purchased the rights to the Lillian Day and Lyon Mearson play in 1937. In September 1938, the studio announced that Cary Grant and Jean Arthur would star in the project, which was to be scripted by Sidney Buchman and produced by Everett Riskin. The production files for the film in the AMPAS Library actually contain an advertisement for the film that features color drawings of Grant and Arthur as its stars. By February 1939, the studio announced that Mitchell Leisen would direct the feature, which was now to star Grant and Loretta Young. In March 1941, Ruth Hussey replaced Rita Hayworth in the role of "Susan Drake" when Hayworth was re-assigned to appear in You'll Never Get Rich (see below). A scheduling conflict also forced Louise Beavers to withdraw from the part of "Hattie." This was John Stahl's only production for Columbia. Ellen Drew was borrowed from Paramount and Ruth Hussey from M-G-M to star in the picture.