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The working title for this film was Ma and Pa Kettle at the County Fair. According to a January 22, 1951 Hollywood Reporter news item, director Charles Barton's wife died during the production of Ma and Pa Kettle at the Fair and he was temporarily replaced by Frederick De Cordova. A Hollywood Reporter news item also notes that the horse racing scenes were shot at Devonshire Downs racetrack in the San Fernando Valley, CA. Although Hollywood Reporter includes Ralph Peters in the cast, his appearance in the final film has not been confirmed.