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The film's title card reads "Rachel Field's Time Out of Mind." The film opens with offscreen narration spoken by the character "Kate Fernald" describing the return of "Chris Fortune" from his first sea voyage. Hollywood Reporter news items yield the following information about the production: In April 1945, veteran screenwriter Jane Murfin chose Fields's novel for her first producing effort at Universal. In November 1946, after nine months of preparation, however, Murfin resigned from the project. According to an October 1946 news item, Siodmak, who was signed to direct the film in mid-September 1946, bowed out of the production to take a vacation and rest. Frank Ryan was then assigned to direct the film, but because the start of production was delayed until November 1946, Siodmak decided to return as director/producer. Although a September 1946 news item places Ann Blyth in the cast, she was not in the film. Studio publicity items add that January Jacobson coached Robert Hutton in the piano playing sequences. This picture marked the American film debut of British actress Phyllis Calvert.