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The working titles of this film were Bundles for Freedom and From Here to Victory. According to a March 1942 news item in Hollywood Reporter, RKO bought Milton Holmes's story "Bundles for Freedom" at the request of Cary Grant, who wanted to star in it. The studio purchased the story for $30,000 prior to its publication in Cosmopolitan. Materials contained in the RKO Archives Script Files at the UCLA Arts Library-Special Collections reveal that the character of "Joe" dies at the end of Holmes's original story. In a 1969 Hollywood Reporter news item, Holmes claimed that his story was inspired by Edward G. Nealis, the owner of the Clover Club on the Sunset Strip. In 1936, Neales rigged a one-night gambling benefit at the Beverly Hills Hotel to raise $40,000 for a church. According to other materials contained in the Script Files, in June and July 1942, Charles Bracket worked with Holmes on a treatment and adaptation of his story. Although not credited onscreen, Dudley Nichols wrote a final script for From Here to Victory, dated October 23, 1942, just five days prior to the start of the film's production. The CBCS also credits Nichols with screenplay. According to materials contained in the RKO Archives Production Files, Kenneth Earl, M. M. Musselman and Edmund Joseph also worked on continuities for the film. The exact nature of the contribution of these writers to the completed film has not been confirmed, however.
According to other materials contained in the production files, Ruth Warrick tested for the part of "Dorothy." A news item in Hollywood Reporter adds that Anna Lee was also considered for a leading role. This picture marked Alan Carney's screen debut. Laraine Day was borrowed from M-G-M to co-star with Grant and photographer George Barnes was borrowed from David O. Selznick's company to film the production. In 1959-60, CBS broadcast a television series based on Holmes's story. That series, titled Mr. Lucky, was created by Blake Edwards and starred John Vivyan. According to news items in Los Angeles Examiner and Los Angeles Times, in 1956, RKO approached Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin about starring in a musical version of the film. Cary Grant and Laraine Day reprised their roles in a October 18, 1943 Lux Radio Theatre broadcast of the story. Although a March 16, 1956 Hollywood Reporter news item reported that William Dozier planned a musical adaptation of Mr. Lucky, to star Frank Sinatra, that film was never produced.