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An August 1958 Daily Variety news item indicates that Robert Hardy Andrews would be writing the screenplay for Girls Town based on his original story. Andrews' contribution, if any, to the final script has not been determined. Although the credits indicate that this is the debut film for popular teen singing idol Paul Anka, he had appeared as himself in Columbia's production Let's Rock (see below), released in 1958. Harold Lloyd, Jr. and Charles Chaplin, Jr., sons of two of the most famous silent film comedians, had small roles in the film. Girls Town was very loosely based on the 1938 M-G-M production, Boys Town, directed by Norman Taurog and starring Spencer Tracy and Mickey Rooney (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1931-40).