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The working title of this film was The Romantic Age. Her First Romance was Margaret O'Brien's first film made outside M-G-M, where she had been under contract and a successful child star since 1941. Her First Romance was also O'Brien's first venture into ingenue roles. Her performance was not critically well-received, and O'Brien went into semi-retirement after the film, making only one more film in the 1950s, RKO's 1956 picture Glory.