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According to Hollywood Reporter news items, Vic Damone, Sally Forrest and Dorothy Malone were all cast in Skirts Ahoy, but none appeared in the released film. News items and a Hollywood Reporter "Rambling Reporter" column noted that Vera-Ellen and Ricardo Montalban had filmed a dance sequence for the picture, but it was cut from the released film. Other Hollywood Reporter news items provide the following information: actors Alice Markham, Shirley Christensen, Ann Avery, Joyce Kimbrell, Darlene Coureil, Bette Arlen, Donna Damron, Donna Lee Dickson and Curtis Cooksen were also cast, but their appearance in the released film has not been confirmed; actress Henny Backus, wife of comic actor Jim Backus, made her debut in the film, which also marked the debut of Dean Miller (1924-2004), the singing debut of actor Keith Brasselle and the motion picture debut of the singing group The De Marco Sisters. One of the sisters, Arlene, was married to Brasselle until the early 1970s.
Actress Joan Evans was borrowed from Samuel Goldwyn for the production, and although a Hollywood Reporter news item indicated that she would be making her singing debut, M-G-M music files at the USC Cinema-Television Library reveal that Evans' voice was dubbed. Additional information in the music files reveal that another song, "Hilda Matilda," was recorded, but it was not included in the released film. Portions of the film were shot on location at the Great Lakes Naval Training Station in Chicago. The picture contained several swimming sequences featuring Esther Williams, including an underwater ballet with young children Russell "Bubba" Tongay and Kathy Tongay. M-G-M contract players Debbie Reynolds, Bobby Van and Keenan Wynn appeared in the film's USO sequence but were not given screen credit or mentioned in most reviews. Williams and Barry Sullivan reprised their roles for a Lux Radio Theatre broadcast on October 26, 1953.