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Although Hollywood Reporter news items add Paul Glass, Ellsworth Kissinger, Paul Sorenson, Dorothy Ford and Bill Dane to the cast, their appearance in the released film has not been confirmed. A December 1955 Hollywood Reporter news item notes that Cosmo Sardo was to play a wealthy playboy, but his appearance in the released film has not been confirmed. The Variety review incorrectly spells Joan Leslie's name as "Jean." According to studio publicity materials contained in the film's production file at the AMPAS Library, 90% of the exteriors were filmed on location around Honolulu, HI. The beach scenes were filmed at Waikiki Beach and the shipboard scenes were shot aboard the freighter Hawaiian Educator.
An undated but contemporary news item in the production file notes that Elia Kazan originally bought the rights to William Bradford Huie's novel. The novel, according to studio publicity, was a commentary about how the social order of Hawaii was shattered after members of the Armed Forces poured into the islands during World War II. The book described at great length the measures, including prostitution, that "Mamie" was willing to take to achieve success; the film, however, eliminated most of this material. In an undated studio synopsis of the film contained in the production files, the story ends with the scene in which "Jim" rejects Mamie.
According to materials contained in the film's file in the MPAA/PCA Collection at the AMPAS Library, the PCA approved this version. The ending in which Mamie returns to San Francisco, broke and defeated, was not mandated by the PCA, whose only concern was that "The Bungalow" be clearly established as a dance hall and not misconstrued as a brothel. Consequently, in the film, Mamie is depicted as a hostess who entertains sailors at a bar rather than as a prostitute.