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According to studio publicity, Peggy Goodin originally wrote Take Care of My Little Girl as her master's thesis for McGill University, then turned it into a novel. For several of the songs listed above, songwriter Ken Darby adapted the music from various traditional melodies. In February 1950, Hollywood Reporter announced that Anatole Litvak would direct and produce the film, with Frank McCarthy serving as the associate producer. Although a November 1950 Hollywood Reporter news item includes Dusty Anderson, the wife of director Jean Negulesco, in the cast, her appearance in the finished film has not been confirmed. Studio publicity includes Garnett Marks and blonde twins Donna Norris and Diana Norris in the cast, but their appearance in the completed picture has also not been confirmed. The Variety review credits Jill Kraft with playing "Sid Goldman," who is referred to as "the snubbed Jewish co-ed" by studio publicity, but she does not appear in the released film. According to a December 26, 1950 Hollywood Reporter news item, studio production chief Darryl F. Zanuck was so enthusiastic about the film that he increased its budget, allowing for additional scenes to be filmed.
In December 1950, Daily Variety reported that the film was already the subject of much controversy, and that pressure was being exerted on the studio by numerous sororities and fraternities not to release it. The Time reviewer noted: "Even before the film was made, het-up sorority sisters blasted it like fruit growers protesting The Grapes of Wrath." The picture received mostly favorable reviews, although some writers stated that it was too one-sided, and the Newsweek critic pointed out that "no hint of the novel's objection to religious or racial prejudice sneaks into the movie." In May 1951, a Hollywood Reporter news item reported that "the Pan-Hellenic Society, furious at Take Care of My Litle Girl, have advised all the Greek letter boy and girl college outfits to stop their protests as 'the film company is getting too much publicity from your objections. Just stay away from the picture when it's shown in your theatre.'" On February 4, 1952, Jeanne Crain and Dale Robertson reprised their roles for a Lux Radio Theatre broadcast of the story.