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The working title for of film was Battle Stations. According to a January 1950 Hollywood Reporter news item, independent producer Robert L. Lippert purchased a property entitled Okinawa, but it does not appear that that property has any connection with the Columbia production. The following written prologue appears in the opening onscreen credits in the form of a ticker tape message: "1 April 1945...U.S. 5th Fleet Prepares for Invasion of 1st Japanese Home Island...Okinawa." The scene in which "Lt. Cmdr. Hale" orders a film screened to boost the men's morale features a clip of Marilyn Monroe singing "Every Baby Needs a Da Da Daddy," taken from Columbia's 1949 production, Ladies of the Chorus (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1941-50).