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Although Hollywood Reporter news items indicate that the working title of this film was Me and My Shadow, information in the Twentieth Century-Fox Produced Scripts Collection, located at the UCLA Arts-Special Collections Library, reveals that the screenplay for Me and My Shadow bears no resemblance to the story of Jitterbugs. Me and My Shadow, an unproduced screenplay by Paul Yawitz, was a spy comedy in which Laurel and Hardy were to tangle with Nazis while attempting to care for an orphaned baby. The extent of Yawitz' contribution to Jitterbugs, if any, has not been determined. According to Hollywood Reporter news items, contributing writer Henry Lehrman was a former production executive for Twentieth Century-Fox who "returned to the studio after an absence of more than two years to aid in script preparation" for the production. Some scenes in the picture, which marked the screen debut of radio actor Bob Bailey, were shot on location in Palmdale, CA, according to Hollywood Reporter. The studio story files reveal that in 1950, a 3,770-foot cut version of the film was released.