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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.
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According to Joseph L. Mankiewicz, star W.C. Fields was "not a nice man," and Paramount gave into his demand that he be allowed to purchase all his dialogue from the film for 50 cents.
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The release of this film in July of 1932 was timed to coincide with the Los Angeles Olympics, which began three weeks later.
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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.
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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.
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Costar Susan Fleming - who plays Angela - later married comic Harpo Marx and retired from acting. The Marx's marriage was a famously happy and successful one, and lasted until Harpo's death in 1964.
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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.
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Film debut of Don Wilson (announcer for Jack Benny).
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Hank Mann is in studio records/casting call lists for the role of 'Customs Inspector' in this movie, but he did not appear or was not identifiable.
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The room in which the Klopstokian cabinet meets was also used as the set of the library of Jeanette MacDonald's house in the Paramount musical _Love Me Tonight (1932).
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