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According to information contained in the AMPAS Library file on the film, this production underwent several cast and script changes, as well as extensive retakes. While contemporary news items and production charts indicate that principal shooting on the film began on March 11, 1946 and ended on May 15, 1946, revisions to the CBCS indicate that filming was not completed until April 1947. The original SAB, dated February 28, 1947, attributed the screenplay to Eleanore Griffin, Ethel Hill and Dorothy Yost. A second SAB credited the screenplay to Griffin, Harry Ruskin and Robert Nathan. The final SAB credited Ruskin and Griffin only, as onscreen. The extent of the contributions of Hill, Yost and Nathan to the final film has not been determined.
An August 1944 Hollywood Reporter news item indicates that Sharon McManus was set for the role played by Margaret O'Brien. Contemporary news items in M-G-M News noted that Larry Simms, Gloria Grahame and Moyna MacGill (the real life mother of Angela Lansbury) were set for roles, but they did not appear in the released film. A revised CBCS list, dated May 12, 1947, indicates that the characters played by Barry Nelson, Richard Lane and Claire Dubrey were added to the story in later filming. Actors listed in the original June 12, 1946 CBCS who were cut from the final film before its release include: Audrey Totter, Marissa O'Brien, Cameron Mitchell, Barbara Billingsley, Margaret Bert and Edna May Wonacott. Other actors who were listed in the original CBCS, but whose appearance in the final film has not been confirmed are: Della Clark, Charles Bates, Gary Gray, Nolan Leary, Charles Wagenheim, Larry Wheat, Angi O. Poulos, Andy Pomeroy, Ben Moselle, Lee Phelps, George Magrill, Mike P. Donovan, Lane Chandler, Jane Green, Ruth Cherrington, George Travell, Monte M. Singer, Henry Sylvester, John Webb Dillon, Howard Mitchell, Heinie Conklin, Jesse Arnold, Bruce Fernald and John Gilbreath.