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The working title of this film was The Skipper Who Married His Wife. A September 1948 Hollywood Reporter news item noted that M-G-M purchased the film rights to W. J. Lederer's articles as a vehicle for actor Van Heflin. The news item also indicated that Lederer, a former Navy man, based his stories on his own experiences managing his home and rearing his three children when his wife suffered an injury. Daily Variety news items add the following information: Betty Garrett was originally cast in the role of "Daphne Lattimer," but was forced to withdraw from the production because of her pregnancy. Sally Forrest and Diana Lynn were tested to replace her. Vincente Minnelli was originally assigned to direct the film, but the studio reassigned him to Father of the Bride. Portions of the film were shot on location in Coronado and San Diego, CA.