Although uncredited, much of the story owes its derivation to Rebecca West's novel The Abiding Vision
. Several top screenwriters attempted to adapt it, including Donald Ogden Stewart, Samson Raphaelson, and others. Eventually, Isobel Lennart's version was used and she received sole credit.
It also marked Turner's return to movies after she married millionaire Bob Topping and took on an extended honeymoon around the world. It was not a particularly intriguing story and the studio chiefs thought they could breathe some box-office life into it by casting some heavyweights. They were
mistaken. Turner is a model who goes to New York in search of fame and fortune....