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Titles at the beginning of the film state that Bad Boy was "produced with the cooperation of Variety Clubs, International" and that the story was based on material from the files of the Variety Clubs' Boys' Ranch at Copperas Cove, Texas. The following statement, signed by producer Paul Short, appears at the end of the film: "The producer of 'Bad Boy' gratefully acknowledges the cooperation of Variety Clubs International, which has 8,000 members-representing 17,000 theatres and is operating 100 charitable institutions in 43 cities and has expended twenty-two million dollars benefitting five million underprivileged children." For more information on Variety Clubs, please see the entry below for Variety Girl. On February 22, 1948, Bad Boy had premieres in the forty-three cities in which the Variety Club was then operating. According to studio publicity material, the ranch scenes were shot on the Janss Ranch at Conejo, CA. "Marshall Brown," the character portrayed by Lloyd Nolan, was the real-life superintendent at Copperas Cove. This film marked Audie Murphy's first starring role.