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The film's pre-release titles were The Inside and Bad Boy. According to Film Daily, Carole Lombard was considered for the role which Mary Brian played. Contemporary sources all note James Cagney's promotion of Grapefruit Acres as a joke referring to the famous scene in which he hits Mae Clarke with a grapefruit in Public Enemy. The film was shot over thirty-one days and was made for a total cost of $189,000. Modern sources add to the crew credits: Makeup artist Perc Westmore; and to the cast credits: William H. Strauss (Antique dealer), Bess Flowers (Merrill's secretary), Lew Kelly (Hash-slinger), George Pat Collins (Dance judge), and Jack Crawford, Stanley Smith, and Mary Doran.