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The working title for this film was Sweetheart of Turret One. According to Twentieth Century-Fox press releases, the original story for this film was purchased by Samuel Goldwyn. Goldwyn sold the screen rights, as well as the contract of actor Jon Hall, to Twentieth Century-Fox in a package deal. This was Jon Hall's first film performance after a thirty-six months absence from the screen. His previous film was The Hurricane. During that time, he remained on full salary at Samuel Goldwyn's production company. Press releases also state that sixty-seven babies were tested for the role of "Skipper." Bruce Hampton, who won the role, was the son of a publicity man at Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. Twentieth Century-Fox press releases further note that actor Dana Andrews was under a shared contract between Twentieth Century-Fox and Samuel Goldwyn. For this film, his first under this arrangement, Twentieth Century-Fox bought fifty percent of his contract with Goldwyn, with each studio paying the actor's full salary when in use and splitting his salary when he was idle. A press release also notes that college football players were recruited to play extras in this film. During filming, a kissing contest was held among the extras, with Jim Slatter of USC coming in first, Jack Cohn of UCLA, second, and Amby Schindler of UCLA, third.