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The working title of the film was Juke Box Jamboree. The picture ends with the written phrase "Dats All, Mon." Although a February 1958 Hollywood Reporter news item states that Myna Lundeen is in the cast and a Hollywood Reporter production chart places Jeanette Dana in the cast, their appearance in the released film has not been confirmed. Calypso Heat Wave marked the screen debut of actress and noted poet Maya Angelou, Johnny Desmond and disc jockey Dick Whittinghill.