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Theodore Pratt's novel was serialized in the New York Post. According to pre-production news items in Hollywood Reporter, Harold Lloyd was originally slated to produce and star in this picture, which would have been his first in five years. Edgar Buchanan and Charles Laughton were later considered for the male lead. According to a 1 February Hollywood Reporter news item, Lee Jason took over as director from Alfred Green and George Meehan stepped in for photographer Joseph Walker when both men fell ill while filming the barracks scenes. The mountain obstacle course scene was shot in Bronson Canyon in Los Angeles, CA, according to another Hollywood Reporter news item. Columbia publicity materials contained in the film's production files at the AMPAS Library note that Val Raset taught Edward G. Robinson to jitterbug for the film's USO scene and add that Roland Varno coached some of the actors who had to speak Japanese in the film. According to the Variety review, stock footage of the Pacific Islands invasion was employed in this film. The 1943 regulation described in the film, which granted an honorable discharge to all men over thirty-eight, was based in fact.