Margaret Sullavan, who owed Universal one picture on an old contract, was originally assigned the starring role. With more attractive roles being floated her way, she balked at appearing in the film, feeling it was beneath her. When she failed to appear for the rehearsals, the studio slapped her with a restraining order preventing her from working anywhere. Eventually she agreed to fulfill her contract by appearing in Back Street (1941) and Virginia Bruce stepped into the role.
Despite the lightweight nature of the film, it was budgeted at $300,000.00, (about twice the amount of a typical Universal B-feature of the time) making it one of the studio's most expensive productions for 1940.
The film stars John Howard and John Barrymore, who appeared together as Bulldog Drummond and Colonel Neilson in three Bulldog Drummond films, Bulldog Drummond Comes Back 1937, Bulldog Drummond's Revenge, and Bulldog Drummond In Peril, both 1938.