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The film begins with a written foreword stating that although America in 1897 was a man's world, the American woman was preparing to take it away from him. Arthur Lubin's onscreen credit reads, "Produced and directed by Arthur Lubin." Although the CBCS lists Brian Keith as playing "James Carter," the role was played by David Brian, who is credited correctly onscreen. The First Traveling Saleslady marked the first production under RKO's new studio head, William Dozier. Hollywood Reporter noted on November 18, 1955 that RKO made a deal with Arthur Lubin Productions under which the studio would distribute and solely finance the production. According to an November 8, 1955 Hollywood Reporter news item, Betty Grable was originally set to play "Rose Gillray." The film was shot partially on location in Chatsworth, CA. Broadway star Carol Channing made her feature film debut in The First Traveling Saleslady, and as a result of her performance, according to a March 1956 "Rambling Reporter" item in Hollywood Reporter, had her contract re-optioned by RKO, as did James Arness. Although the CBCS lists both Clarence Muse and Johnny Lee as "Amos," Lee played the role in the final film.