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The working title of this film was Once Over Lightly. In December 1949, Hollywood Reporter reported that the picture might be renamed Pick-Up, but this did not happen. The film opens with stock footage depicting various scenes from American history, narrated by Edmond O'Brien's character, "Jimmy Stevens," who explains that all of these past events conspired to ensure that he and "The Admiral" would eventually meet. The character of the private detective, played by Garry Owen, was identified as "Jones" in the CBCS and as "Watson" in the Variety review. Several reviews objected to the humorous portrayal of able-bodied veterans who preferred unemployment benefits to honest labor.