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This film's working title was Time Is a Memory. A closing title card states: "Our sincere thanks to the Department of Defense and the United States Air Force for the cooperation in the making of this picture." Although some sources list the film's running time as eighty-eight minutes, the Variety review gives it as ninety-nine minutes, the length of the print viewed. According to Hollywood Reporter news items, most exteriors for the film were shot in Saugus, CA, in and around the Kunming Airfield.
Hollywood Reporter news items add Gretchen Thomas to the film, but her appearance in the film has not been confirmed. China Doll was the first of two co-productions between Batjac and Romina Productions. Their second production was Escort West (1959, see below).