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The working title of this film was June Mad. Florence Ryerson's and Colin Clements' play was based on their 1930 novel This Awful Age. According to a pre-production news item in Hollywood Reporter, Bonita Granville was tested for the role of "Penny Wood." Another Hollywood Reporter news item notes that Columbia borrowed director Ted Reed from Paramount, where he had previously directed Jackie Cooper, also on loan from Paramount, in three pictures of this type. Jane Withers was borrowed from Twentieth Century-Fox to appear in this film. Locations were filmed at Sherwood Lake, CA, according to a Hollywood Reporter news item. Jane Withers and Jackie Cooper reprised their roles in a Lux Radio Theatre broadcast on October 27, 1941.