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Motion Picture Herald's "In the Cutting Room" listed Bodil Rosing in the cast, although she was not credited on screen or listed in any reviews. According to an article in New York Times, Paramount had a verbal option on Robert Donat to play the lead role, but he declined the picture. New York Times also noted that the film cost in excess of $750,000. A Daily Variety news item noted that some scenes were filmed on location in Laguna, CA. According to modern sources, Fredric March was first considered for the title role, and Miriam Hopkins was offered the role of "Mary." In 1935, this film was nominated for Academy Awards in the category for Best Score, Paramount Studio Music Dept.: Irvin Talbot, Head. Score by Ernst Toch. Deems Taylor's opera Peter Ibbetson was based on John Nathan Raphael's play, and premiered February 7, 1931 at the Metropolitan Opera House in New York City, NY. Oscar Levant, in his autobiographical writings, states that Ernst Toch's score was "touched up" by Hugo Friedhofer. The 1922 film Forever, directed by George Fitzmaurice with Wallace Reid and Elsie Ferguson, was based on du Maurier's 1891 novel (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1921-30; F2.1917).