Although the film was written by Joseph L. Mankiewicz and Henry Myers, it is often mistakenly attributed to Mankiewicz' older brother, Herman J. Mankiewicz, later the co-author of Citizen Kane (1941); Herman, then an executive at Paramount Studios, had hired Joseph as a writer there, and had contributed to the writing of the movie's opening title card.
In the movie, Klopstokia's ancient national anthem--which doubles as Tweeny's mating song to Angela--is actually the title song to Paramount's Maurice Chevalier film of that same year, One Hour with You (1932), with special gibberish lyrics written for the occasion by co-author Henry Myers as a satire on movie romances. Strains of the same melody are also heard in another Paramount release of the same year, Duck Soup (1933), during Harpo Marx's "Paul Revere" scene.
One of over 700 Paramount productions, filmed between 1929 and 1949, which were sold to MCA/Universal in 1958 for television distribution, and have been owned and controlled by Universal ever since. It was first released on DVD 7 August 2012 as one of 4 titles in TCM's 1930's Universal Rarities Collection.
Writer Joseph L. Mankiewicz was inspired to write this film by the wild events of the 1928 Olympic games held in Amsterdam, particularly by an Albanian pole-vaulter who took to the field wearing a pair of goatskin shorts.