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The working title of the film was The Carnival Story. A pre-production news item named Helen Rose as the film's costumer, but she was not credited onscreen, and her work on the production has not been confirmed. According to Hollywood Reporter news items, portions of the film were shot on location at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills, and the carnival sequences were shot on an outdoor set specially constructed on the M-G-M lot in Culver City.
Texas Carnival was the second and last film in which Red Skelton and Esther Williams co-starred. Their first film together was the 1944 M-G-M picture, Bathing Beauty. Skelton and Williams both appeared in the 1946 M-G-M film Ziegfeld Follies, but did not appear in the same sequence. Skelton also made a cameo appearance in Williams' 1950 M-G-M picture Duchess of Idaho (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1941-50).