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The film's working title was Romance in High C. According to a July 17, 1946 Hollywood Reporter news item, sequences were shot in Cartagena, Columbia, and in Rio de Janeiro and Bahia, Brazil. This film marked popular band singer Doris Day's film debut and the beginning of her successful career at Warner Bros., to which she was under contract until the mid-1950s. According to modern sources, the role of "Georgia Garrett" was originally intended for Judy Garland, but negotiations with M-G-M fell through. The part was also offered to Betty Hutton, who subsequently became pregnant. Composer Jule Styne, who had heard Day sing "Embraceable You" at a party, then arranged for her to meet director Michael Curtiz. Jule Styne and Sammy Cahn's song "It's Magic" was nominated for an Oscar.