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This film's working title was Young Lovers. Although a print was unavailable for viewing, the credits and summary above were derived from studio billing sheets and synopses in the film's file in the MPAA/PCA Collection at the AMPAS Library and from reviews. Although contemporary materials state that the film was produced and written by Edward Lewis, in 1998 the Writers Guild of America restored the credits of blacklisted screenwriters John Howard Lawson and Mitch Lindemann, who wrote the screenplay. In a synopsis submitted to the PCA, Catherine McLeod is listed as playing "Helen Meredith," but the role was played by Barbara Billingsley. A contemporary source states that some scenes were shot at Santa Monica High School in California. The Careless Years marked Arthur Hiller's debut as a feature film director.