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Although reviews variously listed the film's running time as 90 or 92 minutes, footage obtained from copyright records lists a length of 9,129 ft., indicating a duration of approximately 100 minutes. When the film was released on video, the running time was 100 minutes. According to modern sources, the longer running time reflected the original version prepared by director John Ford, but the version released to theaters was cut to approximately 90 minutes. The riverboat sequence was shot near Sacramento, CA, according to September 1952 Hollywood Reporter news items. Hollywood Reporter news items also add Penny Coker to the cast, but her appearance in the film has not been confirmed. Modern sources list Barbara Ford as assistant editor.
The Sun Shines Bright was the final production of Ford's Argosy Pictures Corp., and modern sources state that its financial failure contributed to the demise of Argosy Pictures. Irvin S. Cobb's characters were also the basis of Ford's 1934 Fox picture, Judge Priest, which featured Will Rogers and Stepin Fetchit.