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The working title for this film was Red Light. According to a news item in Hollywood Reporter on November 6, 1940, a film entitled Somewhere I'll Find You was to be produced by Pandro S. Berman, with a script by Dalton Trumbo. Clark Gable, Spencer Tracy, Claudette Colbert and Hedy Lamarr were announced as stars at that time to follow up their success in the 1940 film Boom Town (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1931-40; F3.0416). A December 1941 Hollywood Reporter news item mentioned that Gene Fowler, Jr. was to write the film; however, it is doubtful that either Fowler or Trumbo contributed to the released film. Other news items noted that actress Jean Rogers was tested for "a big role" and Johnny Davis was cast in the film. Rogers was not in the film, and Davis' appearance has not been confirmed. Actor Keenan Wynn made his motion picture debut in the film.
Production on the film was interrupted between 19 January and February 23, 1942 due to the death of actress Carole Lombard, who was Clark Gable's wife. Lombard was killed in a plane crash on January 16, 1942. For additional information on her death, see the entry below for To Be or Not to Be. Shortly after completion of Somewhere I'll Find You, Gable, who was forty-one years old, joined the Army Air Corps and did not make another film until Adventure in 1945. Gable attained the rank of major and received the Distinguished Flying Cross during his years of military service.