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The 1934 Wampus Baby Stars back up Joan Blondell in "The Girl at the Ironing Board" number. Studio records reveal that Warner Bros.' publicity department created the term "cinematerpsichorean" to describe Busby Berkeley's choreography, and that at the request of Hal Wallis, the characters "Johnny Harris" and "Buttercup Balmer" were named after two men who owned a string of theaters in Pennsylvania. According to studio records, Ruth Donnelly was considered for the role of "Mathilda" and Hobart Cavanaugh was considered for "Ellworthy Todd." According to a news item in Daily Variety, the studio had Berkeley's revolving stage design (also used in Gold Diggers of 1935) patented. Warner Bros. believed that if the stage design was protected by a patent, there would be little chance of other studios copying his technique which depended on the revolving stage. According to news items in Hollywood Reporter, Warner Bros. was sued by Goldwyn for using Berkeley, who had last worked for Goldwyn on his 1932 film The Kid from Spain. Berkeley claimed that Goldwyn secured his contract through misrepresentation and deceit, and therefore he could work where he wanted. No information was found regarding the outcome of the lawsuit. Modern sources add the following credits: Pat Harper, Ruth Etting, De Don Blunier, Gloria Faythe, Diana Douglas (Chorus girls); Lester Dorr (Elevator starter); Eddy Chandler (Guard); Harry Holman (Spanish War veteran); Fred "Snowflake" Toones (Porter); and Eddie Kane (Harry, the stage manager).