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The working title of this film was The Mad Ball. According to an April 1956 Los Angeles Times news item, Lewis Milestone was originally to produce the film with Jed Harris. According to a March 1957 Hollywood Reporter news item, Carter DeHaven, Jr. was to appear as "Sgt. McCloskey," but had to drop out after it became too difficult for him to both work as assistant director and appear in the film. A March 1957 Hollywood Reporter news item adds that Odette Myrtil was to play a featured role, but had to drop out of the production after she was injured in an accident.
Although a Hollywood Reporter production chart includes Joey Forman and Frank Moore Four in the cast, their appearance in the released film has not been confirmed. Operation Mad Ball marked the screen debut of noted television comedian Ernie Kovacs (1919-1962). The film's screenplay was nominated by the Screen Writers Guild as Best Written American Comedy.