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George Agnew Chamberlain's novel first appeared as a serial in The Saturday Evening Post 18 October-November 8, 1941. According to production notes contained in the AMPAS Library file on the film, exteriors were filmed on location in Lexington, KT, and the Crown Crest Farm outside Lexington served as the Templeton Ranch in the film. The notes add that the chorus in the county fair sequence was comprised of the citizens of Lexington. The normally green fields were dyed yellow to coincide with the "Clover in the Meadow" song lyrics "sky of blue, field of yeller..."
An August 1957 Daily Variety news item stated that Pat Boone initially refused to do the the kissing scenes between him and Shirley Jones because his religion forbade him physical contact with any woman other than his wife. Boone eventually relented, however. A July 1957 Hollywood Reporter news item notes that Boone's brother Nick was to play a small role. His appearance in the released film has not been confirmed, however. The song "April Love" was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Song. Chamberlain's novel was previously filmed by Fox in 1941 as Home in Indiana, starring Walter Brennan, Charlotte Greenwood and Ward Bond and directed by Henry Weinberger (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1941-50).