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According to an February 11, 1949 Hollywood Reporter news item, star Paul Henreid and Bernard Vorhaus were originally planning to make this film through their company, Monica Productions (named after Henreid's daughter Monica), under the title Runaway. On June 17, 1949, before the property was acquired by Individual Productions, Inc., Hollywood Reporter reported that Monica Lewis was being considered for a role, but her appearance in the completed film has not been confirmed. A copy of the film's cutting continuity deposited with the copyright records lists the title as Escape If You Can; according to a Daily Variety news item, the title was changed to So Young, So Bad in March 1950. A July 1949 New York Times news item noted that the first scenes of the film were shot in Yonkers, NY, and that additional location shooting was set to take place in Manhattan, Long Island and Connecticut. The film marked the motion picture debut of actress Anne Jackson. Reviews commented on the similarities between this film and the 1950 Warner Bros. film Caged, and the Variety review pointed out that several sequences were the same. A September 1952 Hollywood Citizen-News article reported that the parents of a missing twenty-year-old Italian girl named Marisa Biffignandi identified their daughter from an Italian movie magazine still photograph of the film's dormitory scene. During a special screening arranged for the girl's parents, they identified their daughter as an extra. The girl's mother then made a public appeal on an NBC radio program for her daughter to return home. The outcome of the search is not known.