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The opening and closing cast credits differ slightly in order. Drexel Pictures Corporation was owned by the film's star, Dick Clark. From 1956 until 1989 Clark was the host and producer of the well-known ABC television program American Bandstand, an afternoon teen dance show originating from Philadelphia, PA. On February 15, 1958 The Dick Clark Show had its premiere on ABC's Saturday night lineup. That show, which featured established and new acts, was broadcast live from New York. Clark went on to produce numerous game shows, made-for-television movies and many award shows. Although he had previously appeared as himself onscreen, Because They're Young marked the first time Clark played a dramatic role in a motion picture.
According to studio publicity materials in the film's production file at the AMPAS Library, the high school campus and classrooms were shot on location at Hoover High School in Glendale, CA. The football scenes were shot on location at Burbank High and exterior filming was done in the San Fernando Valley. The materials note that two cameras filmed the off-stage activites of the cast, which were then edited into twenty-and thirty-second clips to be shown on Clark's television show The Dick Clark Show.