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Gwen Bristow's novel was first published in the May 1944 issue of Ladies Home Journal. According to a November 1943 Hollywood Reporter news item, Irene Dunne was considered for the film's lead along with Claudette Colbert. According to modern sources, director Irving Pichel cast Natalie Wood after she impressed him with her performance in a bit part in the 1943 picture Happy Land . In a pre-production Hollywood Reporter news item, Art Black was announced as Pichel's assistant; John Sherwood is credited onscreen in that capacity, however. A June 1945 Hollywood Reporter news item indicates that James Jordan, Jr. was cast in the picture, but his appearance in the completed film has not been confirmed. According to an August 1945 Hollywood Reporter news item, the film was banned in Aiken, SC after Orson Welles began a public campaign to find the "sadistic police officer" who was accused of blinding a black soldier in that city. In a modern interview, Welles commented that he acted in Tomorrow Is Forever only for the money and contributed very little to the production. Claudette Colbert reprised her role in a Lux Radio Theatre broadcast on May 6, 1946, co-starring Van Heflin, and on January 13, 1950, Colbert performed in a Hallmark Playhouse adaptation, co-starring Jeff Chandler.