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The working title of this film was Old Sailors Never Die. A December 1, 1950 Hollywood Reporter news item noted that Allen Rivkin and Laura Kerr had been signed to write the screenplay for the picture, but the extent of their contribution to the completed picture, if any, has not been confirmed. According to a July 1951 Hollywood Reporter news item, Anne Baxter, Dana Andrews and Victor Moore were originally set as the film's stars. According to studio publicity, Gene Tunney, Jack Dempsey and Al Einstein appeared as extras in the congressional hearing sequences, but their appearance in the released picture has not been confirmed.
Hollywood Reporter news items include the following actors in the cast, but their appearance in the completed film has also not been confirmed: Don Kohler, William Grath, Phil Chambers, Mary Adams, Helen Brown, Tim Graham, Frank Hanley, Chris Olsen, Mimi Gibson, Marie Sullivan, Bob Foulk, John Hyland, Joe Bush and Jo Gilbert. Although an Hollywood Reporter news item includes Sam McDaniels in the film, he does not appear in the released picture. Hollywood Reporter news items also note that some scenes were shot on location at Exposition Park and Los Angeles City College, CA. Backgrounds were shot in Washington, D.C. A modern source adds Major Sam Harris, General Sam Savitsky (Guests) and Jeffrey Sayre (Technician) to the cast. Something for the Birds was the first comedy directed by Robert Wise.