Marilyn Monroe was 20th Century-Fox's original choice for the role of Evelyn Nesbit. She turned down this film, as well as a planned remake of Wabash Avenue (1950) entitled 'The Girl in Pink Tights' (which was to co-star Dan Dailey and Mitzi Gaynor). As a result, she was put on suspension. Sheree North was then announced as her replacement for both films until Joan Collins was eventually cast as Nesbit. 'The Girl in Pink Tights' project was eventually abandoned.