Wallace Beery was originally assigned the lead role, and Otto Preminger was assigned to direct. However, shortly after filming began, Beery told Fox studio head Darryl F. Zanuck, "I won't do a picture with a director whose name I can't pronounce." Zanuck re-assigned Preminger to direct the comedy Danger - Love at Work (1937), replaced Beery with Victor McLaglen for this film and replaced Preminger with George Marshall.
...as I said, he was so big, it seems unfair I should have gotten so little money out of him.
Dannie O'Neill: Don't you ever get tired of talking about the guy you croaked?
Professor Sturm: No.
Dannie O'Neill: Don't it ever bother you?
Professor Sturm: No. All that bothers me was a certain carelessness I had shown. I ...
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