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According to Hollywood Reporter news items, the title Johnny Doughboy was first assigned to this picture, then to one starring Ruth Terry, then was switched back. Hollywood Reporter also noted in June 1942 that John Carradine was being considered for a role, and in August 1942, that Henry Wilcoxon was going to donate his salary to U.S. Coast Guard Relief. Hollywood Reporter production charts include Marietta Canty, Dick Humphreys and Marilyn Kay in the cast, but their appearance in the completed film has not been confirmed. Production charts also list Edward Mann as the film editor, although only Wallace Grissell receives screen credit. Johnny Doughboy was the first film made by Jane Withers after ending her seven-year association with Twentieth Century-Fox in 1941. The picture also marked the last screen appearance of actor Bobby Breen. Walter Scharf was nominated for an Academy Award for Achievement in Music (Scoring of a Musical Picture), but lost to Ray Heindorf and Heinz Roemheld, who won for Yankee Doodle Dandy.