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The working titles of this film were Dink Stover and You're Only Young Twice. Owen Johnson's book, The Lawrenceville School Stories, consists of three distinct sections: "The Prodigious Hickey," "The Varmint" and "The Tennessee Shad." "The Prodigious Hickey" and "The Tennessee Shad" are made up of short stories, while "The Varmint" is a single, novelette-length piece. Many of the short stories were published in Century magazine in 1908. The picture marked the film debut of actor Robert Wagner. An addenda to the film's CBCS sheet indicates that actor Charles B. Smith played a character named "Sock Mazula," and that the character was eliminated from the picture before its release. Some filming took place on location in Lawrenceville, NJ. An October 1949 Daily Variety news item noted that John Pershing, III, the grandson of General John J. Pershing, was set for a part in this film, but his appearance in the final film has not been confirmed. The Happy Years was re-released as The Adventures of Dink Stover.