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In the opening onscreen credits, the phrase "The New York Stage Success" precedes the film's title. According to a March 1944 news item in Hollywood Reporter, Columbia paid $350,000 for the screen rights to Ruth Gordon's play, which had been totally financed by Twentieth Century-Fox. According to an August 1944 Hollywood Reporter news item, Rosalind Russell was considered for the lead in this picture but dropped out of the competition to get an early start on Sister Kenny (see below), which was later delayed until November 8, 1945. According to a news item in Hollywood Citizen-News, the United States War Department assigned Lt. Tom Harding to the production to insure the authenticity of the soldiers' appearance and behavior.