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The working titles of this film were Mr. Retread, The Camp Follower and I Lost My Wife to the Army. Several reviews misspell Jean Willes's name as "Joan." According to a Hollywood Reporter news item, the production was shelved in March 1955, just after the studio decided to use the CinemaScope process. The shelved version was to have been produced by Leonard Goldstein and directed by Henry Levin. Clifton Webb was to star. Although Hollywood Reporter news items place Heidi Duval and Tom Ewell's son Tate Ewell in the cast, their appearance in the released film has not been confirmed. A September 1955 Hollywood Reporter news item adds that location shooting took place at Eglin Air Force Base in Florida.
The scene in which "Sandra Roberts," the upstairs neighbor, tells "Gregory Whitcomb" that their situation reminds her of the movie about a girl who would visit her downstairs neighbor to "air-condition herself while his wife was away," refers to the 1955 Twentieth Century-Fox release The Seven Year Itch (see below) in which Ewell played the downstairs neighbor and Marilyn Monroe was the girl upstairs. A September 1956 Hollywood Reporter news item notes that Kathleen and Herbert Faber sued Fox, claiming that The Lieutenant Wore Skirts plagiarized their scenario titled Hero, which they had submitted to the studio in 1950. The outcome of that suit is unknown.