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The film's title card reads: "John O'Hara's From the Terrace." According to an October 1958 Daily Variety news item, Twentieth Century-Fox bought the rights to O'Hara's novel prior to its publication. According to an undated, but contermporary Hollywood Reporter news item in the production file on the film in the AMPAS library, Fox outbid four other studios for the screen rights to the controversial bestseller. Unlike the film, the novel spans "Alfred's" life, beginning with his boyhood, just after World War I and continuing through his marriage to "Natalie," and his re-entry into the Navy, where he rises to the position of Secretary of the Navy.
A November 1959 Hollywood Reporter news item noted that Richard Egan was initially signed to co-star in the picture. A January 1960 New York Times news item stated that interiors were shot at the Fox Movietone Studios in New York City, and that location filming was done in Old Westbury, Jaggers Cove and Glen Cove, Long Island, New York. Studio publicity contained in the film's production file at the AMPAS Library added that the train station at Jersey City stood in for Philadelphia's Reading station, and Phoenixville, PA was used for the small town in which the Eaton family lives. West Adams Boulevard in Los Angeles was used as the location for the Eaton house. Other location shooting was done in Central Park and on Wall Street in New York City. From the Terrace marked the feature film debut for actress Elizabeth Allen (1929-2006).