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According to an article in the Milwaukee Journal (September 8, 1940), dozens of costumes from major Paramount films were brought out of storage for use in the black-cast costume ball sequence. Items included Maurice Chevalier's uniform from The Smiling Lieutenant (1931), Rudolph Valentino's burnoose from The Sheik (1921), a beaded gown worn by Gloria Swanson in Male and Female (1919), Gary Cooper's uniform from Morocco (1930), and costumes that had been worn by Mary Pickford, Lillian Gish, Bebe Daniels, Mary Miles Minter, Pola Negri, Charles Ray, Adolphe Menjou and others.
This film was an extension of, and a way of milking, the mock feud between Jack Benny and Fred Allen. Both were top radio stars with their own programs who were engaged in a "feud" in which each would make comments about the other, and included guest appearances on each other's show.
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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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