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"Screen Director's Playhouse" broadcast a 30 minute radio adaptation of the movie on September 9, 1949 with Mickey Rooney reprising his film role.

"The Screen Guild Theater" broadcast a 30 minute radio adaptation of the movie on July 12, 1943 with Mickey Rooney and Frank Morgan reprising their film roles.

Movie developed into the Broadway musical production "The Human Comedy" opened at the Royale Theater in New York on April 5, 1984 and ran for 13 performances.

Several cast members in studio records/casting call lists for this movie were not seen in the final print. These were (with their character names, if any): S.Z. Sakall (Mr. Ara), Jessie Arnold, Connie Gilchrist, Margaret Armstrong, Sarah Padden, Leila McIntyre' and Joseph E. Bernard.

Writer William Saroyan wanted desperately to direct the film despite having no experience in directing. Louis B. Mayer told Saroyan that he would consider the request and assigned the writer to direct a one reel short. The short film was a disappointment and studio stalwart Clarence Brown was promptly assigned. Saroyan was so bitter about the experience he wrote a play about Mayer soon after titled "Get Away Old Man". He also adapted the story he wrote for the film into a novel, which was published within weeks of the movie premiere and became a best seller.




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