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The working titles of this film were Wake Up and Dream and What's Cookin', Soldier? According to Hollywood Reporter and New York Times news items, this was actor Donald O'Connor's first film after a two-year stint on the stage. O'Connor had previously appeared in films at Paramount, and this film marked the beginning of a long and successful relationship between the actor and Universal. This film also marked the feature film debut of noted musician Woody Herman and His Orchestra. Hollywood Reporter production charts include Edward Gargan in the cast, although his appearance in the released film has not been confirmed. A Hollywood Reporter news item also states that trumpet player Billie Rogers was cast in the film, but his appearance in the released film has not been confirmed. Some or all of the performers listed in the cast as "Boys" and "Girls" could be members of "The Jivin' Jacks & Jills."