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There's Always Tomorrow was based on the Ursula Parrott novel of the same name, which Universal had previously adapted for the 1934 film There's Always Tomorrow, directed by Edward Sloman and starring Frank Morgan and Binnie Barnes (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1931-40). In 1941, according to a Hollywood Reporter news item, the studio had planned to produce another adaptation of the book with Erle Kenton as the director.
A September 1954 "Rambling Reporter" column in Hollywood Reporter reported that Melvyn Douglas and Robert Young were considered to play "Clifford Groves." According to an October 1954 Los Angeles Times piece, Universal originally planned to shoot much of the picture in San Francisco, but studio press materials indicate that the only scenes shot outside the studio were the "Palm Valley" sequences, which were filmed in the Apple Valley, in California's Mojave Desert.