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The working title of this film was Lake Placid. According to a March 1944 Hollywood Reporter news item, George Sherman was set to direct the picture, and a August 4, 1944 Los Angeles Examiner item reported that Brad Taylor was set for the lead. Although Taylor is listed on Hollywood Reporter production charts, he was replaced by Robert Livingston. Production charts also include Laurie Haile in the cast, but her participation in the completed film has not been confirmed. Copyright materials noted that twelve-year-old Jo Ann McGowan, was the daughter of ice skaters Everett McGowan and Ruth Mack. Background scenes were shot on location at Lake Placid, NY, according to Hollywood Reporter, which also noted that Vera Hruba Ralston and Roy Rogers were to be crowned King and Queen of Winter during Lake Placid's annual winter carnival, after the film's release there on December 28, 1944. In 1953, the picture was re-edited and re-released as Winter Serenade.