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According to modern sources, The Matinee Idol was adapted from the story "Come Back to Aaron," by Robert Lord and Ernest S. Pagano. Although the film was thought to be "lost" for many years, a print was discovered in the Cinematheque Francaise in the mid-1990s. The film was subsequently restored and released in a DVD format.
The above plot summary was composed in 1990 and based primarily on pre-release materials submitted to the copyright office by Columbia.
According to Film Daily, with this film, Frank Capra began to receive recognition as an important director in his own right, apart from his previous association with Harry Langdon. According to modern sources, The Matinee Idol was filmed at the Columbia studios from February to March 1928, and was the first picture made under a contract in which Capra was paid to direct, co-produce and co-author pictures that took about six weeks to make (two weeks for writing, two for shooting and two for editing).
In a biography on Capra, comedian Benny Rubin stated that he doubled for Johnnie Walker during a dance sequence. This film was remade by Columbia in 1936 as The Music Goes 'Round, which was directed by Victor Schertzinger and starred Harry Richman and Rochelle Hudson.