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Doris Day sings the song "Julie" during the opening credits. Her voice-over narration is heard throughout the film, describing "Julie Benton"'s increasing anxieties over her husband. Andrew L. Stone's onscreen credit reads: "Written and directed by Andrew L. Stone," while his wife Virginia Stone's onscreen credit reads: "Assistant to Producer and Film Editor Virginia Stone." Julie marked the first film of Arwin Productions, Inc., a company owned by Day and her husband, Martin Melcher. Julie was also Melcher's first film as a producer. The New York Times review mistakenly lists John Gallaudet as Frank Gallaudet.
A March 15, 1956 Hollywood Reporter states that Anne Francis was first considered for the lead. Although a March 5, 1956 Hollywood Reporter news item reported that Paul Francis Webster and Jerry Livingston were assigned to write a song for Doris Day to sing in the movie, Leith Stevens and Tom Adair were later assigned to compose the song "Julie" for her. A April 16, 1956 Hollywood Reporter new item adds Eddie Mann and Don Russell to the cast. Modern sources add Frank Marlowe (Second police guard) and Marjorie Stapp (Cliff's secretary) to the cast.
Portions of the film were shot on location in San Francisco, in the Northern California coastal regions of Carmel and Monterey, as well as the Southern California desert locations of Blythe and Indio. Airport sequences were shot at the Oakland, CA airport. Julie received Academy Award nominations for Best Screenplay and Best Song.