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The film begins with the following written foreword: "In each of us is a bit of the dreamer...for in dreams we seek to escape from the commonplace routine of daily life.....This is the story of a boy who dreamed of owning a boat and sailing the seven seas..." The film's working titles were The Stuff of Heroes and A Bashful Hero. According to a May 14, 1940 Hollywood Reporter news item, John Garfield was considered for a part in the film. On November 20, 1940 Hollywood Reporter noted that Joan Leslie replaced Mildred Coles in the role of "Mary" when Coles was assigned to Here Comes Happiness. Harold Titus' story was also the basis for the 1925 Warner Bros. film How Baxter Butted In, starring Dorothy Devore and Matt Moore and directed by William Beaudine (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1921-30; F2.2611).