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The title song, "The Mating Game," is sung by Debbie Reynolds over the opening credits. The film had one location day of shooting in Hidden Valley, CA. The Mating Game was the last feature-film of actor Paul Douglas (1907-1959), who died of a heart attack on September 11, 1959. In 1991, the H. E. Bates novel The Darling Buds of May, on which the M-G-M film was based, was turned into a popular television series in Britain, starring Catherine Zeta-Jones as "Mariette Larkin."