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The working title of this film was Why Girls Leave. According to a mid-November 1944 Hollywood Reporter news item, Sam Sax acquired the rights to Why Girls Leave Home, a 1921 Warner Bros. film, starring Anna Q. Nilsson and Maurine Powers, written and directed by William Nigh (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1921-30; F2.6335), intending to produce it for Republic Pictures. Why Girls Leave Home is listed in various December 1944 Hollywood Reporter production charts as a Republic product, starring Rosemary Lane and Richard Cromwell. The Republic production apparently was abandoned before the start of principal photography. Some of the crew listed for the Republic production, including director William Berke and songwriters Jay Livingston and Ray Evans, worked on the PRC release; Lola Lane was cast in both, but all the other actors listed in the production charts were replaced. Jay Livingstone and Ray Evans' song "The Cat and the Canary" and Walter Greene's score were nominated for Academy Awards.