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The film opens with the following written quote: "Youth is like spring, an over-praised season. Samuel Butler." According to a Hollywood Reporter news item in August 1958, Dick Powell was to take over the production reins from Henry Ephron. Only Charles Brackett is credited onscreen as producer, however. At that time, Ray Stricklyn tested for the part of "Arthur." An April 1958 Los Angeles Examiner news item adds that Diane Varsi, Hope Lange and Lee Remick were considered for the role of "Janet." Although a Hollywood Reporter production chart places Malcolm Atterbury in the cast, his appearance in the released film has not been confirmed.
Carol Lynley and Warren Berlinger reprised their roles from the Broadway production of James Leo Herlihy and William Noble's play. According to the Variety review, in the play, Janet goes through with the abortion. In an August 1959 Hollywood Reporter news item, producer Charles Brackett stated that he decided to eliminate the abortion because it would have made the story more anecdotal than dramatic, and that the PCA played no role in his decision. Although a September 1960 Los Angeles Examiner news item states that Twentieth Century-Fox considered producing a sequel entitled Blue Denim Baby, that picture was never made.