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According to pre-production news items in Hollywood Reporter and Daily Variety, Columbia spent two years negotiating for the screen rights to the F. Hugh Herbert play. The studio initially conceived the play as a vehicle for Rita Hayworth and assigned Al Hill to direct. In addition to writing the original play, Herbert adapted it to the screen. George Abbott produced both the stage and screen versions. Hollywood Reporter news items and production charts credit Herbert as producer along with Abbott and Sol Siegel. According to Columbia publicity material, Herbert based the character of "Corliss Archer" on his teenage daughter. A New York Times article notes that David O. Selznick, who loaned Shirley Temple to Columbia for the production, initially demanded approval of the screenplay and daily rushes because he was concerned that the subject matter was too "sexy" for former child star Temple. According to a 1948 New York Times news item, Herbert sued Columbia for interfering with the sale of the rights to a screen sequel to this picture. The outcome of that suit is unknown, but in 1949, Temple reprised the character of Corliss Archer in the United Artists Picture A Kiss for Corliss (see below).
The Corliss Archer radio program, which was broadcast on the CBS network from 1943 to 1952, was also based on Herbert's play. Priscilla Lyon originated the role on radio and was later replaced by Janet Waldo. In 1952, the program moved to ABC, then was revived for a year by CBS in 1954. In 1951, CBS broadcast a televised version of Meet Corliss Archer, starring Lugene Sanders and directed by Alan Dinehart. In 1954, the ZIV television network launched a thirty-three episode series entitled Meet Corliss Archer, starring Ann Baker, and in 1956, the Alcoa Hour broadcast a televised version of Kiss and Tell, starring Robin Morgan as Corliss.