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The working titles of this film were Broadway Goes to College, Say It with Music and Chatterbox. According to a January 22, 1942 Hollywood Reporter news item, Mary Lee was originally set to star in the film, which would also feature "other youngsters under eighteen on the contract list." Hollywood Reporter noted that Sue Robin was to be included in the cast, but her appearance in the completed picture has not been confirmed. Martha O'Driscoll and Charlie Smith were borrowed from Paramount for the production. A September 2, 1942 Hollywood Reporter news item stated that "as a result of audience reaction to work of Ruth Terry in Youth on Parade at a sneak preview, the studio has reopened production on the picture to build up her role." Filming of added scenes began that day. According to the Motion Picture Herald review, the film's finale, "You've Got to Study Buddy," which advocates college students continuing their studies until being called by the draft, was suggested by the OWI. Jule Styne and Sammy Cahn were nominated for an Academy Award for Achievement in Music (Song) for "It Seems I Heard That Song Before," but lost to Irving Berlin (Holiday Inn), who won for the song "White Christmas."