powered by AFI
According to information contained in the Twentieth Century-Fox Records of the Legal Department at the UCLA Arts-Special Collections for the 1948 film When My Baby Smiles at Me (see below), Columbia acquired approximately 540 feet of race horse stock shots filmed for the 1938 Twentieth Century-Fox picture Kentucky (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1931-40; F3.2260) for use in The Return of October. The purchase was made because Kentucky was one of the few Technicolor films featuring racing footage to be shot prior to The Return of October, which was also in Technicolor. The footage acquisition was part of a deal between the two studios in which Twentieth Century-Fox acquired the story rights to the play Burlesque (which was filmed as When My Baby Smiles at Me) from Columbia in exchange for a cash payment and the horse race footage. Some exteriors were shot on the campus of the University of Southern California in Los Angeles and at the Del March racetrack in California.