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The working title of this film was The Day They Gave Babies Away. The Motion Picture Herald Prod Digest review notes that the film was based on incidents derived from the family background of writer Dale Eunson, who wrote the original story and collaborated with his wife Katherine on the screenplay. According to a news item in Hollywood Reporter, RKO bought the property in 1950, at which time Edmund Grainger was slated to produce and Valentine Davies was being considered to write the screenplay.
As noted in a March 15, 1951 Hollywood Reporter article, Grainger completed pre-production shooting of exteriors in Big Bear, CA, with a cast and crew consisting of Johnny Murphy, Robert Walker and cameraman Robert DeGrasse. Murphy and Waker did not appear in the completed film, and it is unlikely that and of DeGrasse's photography was retained in the produced picture. On May 7, 1951, however, Hollywood Reporter reported that Grainger was postponing the film "in order to give... his full attention to" the 1952 RKO film One Minute to Zero (see below). On March 5, 1956, Hollywood Reporter announced that William Dozier had assigned the film to Walter Wanger, but the extent of his contribution, if any, to the final film is not known.
According to studio press materials, portions of the film were shot on location in Mt. Hood, OR, and Idyllwild, CA. Although the film had its premiere in Great Britain in April 1957, it was not generally released in the United States until January 1958. The distribution of this film was taken over by Universal after the demise of RKO. All Mine to Give marked television director Allen Reisner's debut as a feature film director. On December 24, 1951, a radio version of Eunson's story was broadcast on NBC's Cavalcade of America program, starring Bobby Driscoll.