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The following information was culled from the Twentieth Century-Fox Produced Scripts Collection and the Twentieth Century-Fox Records of the Legal Department, located at the UCLA Arts-Special Collections Library, and from material in the AMPAS Library: Early drafts of I'll Get By were written by Harry Tugend, but the extent of his contribution to the released film has not been determined. Some musical numbers and other sequences were shot and subsequently discarded. Although Harry Antrim was billed onscreen, the sequence in which he portrayed a banker was deleted from the final cut. Victor Mature replaced Clifton Webb in a cameo appearance.
Music from a number of songs written by Harry Warren and Mack Gordon, including "I Know Why," "The More I See You," "I Wish I Knew," "I Had the Craziest Dream," "People Like You and Me" and "You'll Never Know," were used in the background score. Famed vibrophonist Red Norvo contributed an arrangement of "I'll Get By" to the picture and, according to modern sources, recorded it for the soundtrack with Tal Farlow on guitar and Red Kelly on bass. However, none of these musicians perform the number onscreen. Jack Matthias wrote the musical arrangements for the Harry James numbers.
During a sequence set at the Roxy Theater in New York, music from Alfred Newman's score for the 1940 Twentieth Century-Fox film The Blue Bird is briefly heard. The film's end credits include song titles, composers, lyricists and, unusually for 1950, publishers. Lionel Newman was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Scoring of a Musical Picture for his work on the production. I'll Get By was loosely based on a 1940 Twentieth Century-Fox film entitled Tin Pan Alley, which was directed by Walter Lang and starred Alice Faye and Betty Grable (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1931-40; F3.4664).