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The film's working title was Girl of the Year. George Petty first drew "The Petty Girl" around 1930 for a Midwestern brewery's "near-beer" advertisement. In 1933, The Petty Girl first appeared in Esquire. According to a October 12, 1942 Hollywood Reporter news item, the rights to "The Petty Girl" were first sold to RKO. That company planned to hold a nationwide search for an unknown actress to play the title role and had enlisted Petty as a technical advisor. According to a September 7, 1946 Los Angeles Examiner news item and a September 16, 1946 Hollywood Reporter news item, Al Bloomingdale, who was to have produced the film for RKO, sold the property to Columbia. According to a January 2, 1947 Hollywood Reporter news item, Ann Miller was slated to star in the film. A August 9, 1949 Hollywood Reporter news item notes that Henry Levin replaced Charles Vidor as director after the latter was suspended for breach of contract. The film marked the motion picture debut of Tippi Hedren. Hedren, who was the "Ice box" Petty girl model, did not make another film until The Birds, the 1963 Alfred Hitchcock-directed picture in which she had the lead role (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1961-70; F6.0416).