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The working title of this picture was The Wizard of Menlo Park. According to a news item in Hollywood Reporter, H. Alan Dunn was to have co-scripted the picture, but his participation in the final project has not been confirmed. A Hollywood Reporter production chart adds Regis Toomey to the cast, but he was not in the released film. The Call Bureau Cast Service list Irving Bacon in the role of the sheriff, but that part was played by Paul Hurst. Studio publicity notes that originally M-G-M had intended to produce only one picture about Edison, but when that project proved too long, they broke the story into two parts. The first, Young Tom Edison, starred Mickey Rooney as the young Edison . Technical advisor William A. Simonds was from the Edison Institute in Dearborn, MI, and Norman R. Speiden was director of Historical Research at Thomas A. Edison, Inc. in West Orange, NJ. Dore Schary and Hugo Butler received an Academy Award nomination in the Writing (Original Story) category.