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The working title of this film was Little Boy Blue. Information in the Paramount Collection at the AMPAS Library reveals the following information about the production: Paramount postponed production on the film from May 15, 1949 to July 5, 1949 so that actress Betty Hutton could appear in Annie Get Your Gun for M-G-M. A lengthy studio memo noted that although production officially began on July 5, 1949, many of the musical numbers were worked on prior to that date. In addition, the memo indicates that the script was frequently re-written on the set, and the finished film initially ran for two hours and twenty minutes. Although a production number titled "Ming Toy" was shot on September 13, 1949, it was not included in the final film. The song "Tunnel of Love" was originally written by Frank Loesser for the 1949 M-G-M film Neptune's Daughter, but was not included in that production (see below). Modern sources report that this number featured a solo performance by Hutton. A Hollywood Reporter news item indicates that Jane Cowl was initially cast in the role of "Serena," but withdrew from the film due to a knee injury.