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The working title of this film was Thrill of a New Romance. Pre-production news items in Hollywood Reporter indicate that Robert Z. Leonard worked on the film in the capacity of associate producer in late June 1944, at which time he was named to replace Richard Thorpe as director. Hollywood Reporter noted that Thorpe was reinstated as director in mid-July 1944, when Leonard was hospitalized for a "minor ailment." The picture marked the screen debut of the Metroplitan Opera star Lauritz Melchior. A late December 1943 Hollywood Reporter news item indicates that Kathryn Grayson was originally considered for the role played by Esther Williams, and a June 1944 Hollywood Reporter news item notes that Charles Sorel was originally cast in the role played by Henry Travers. Various contemporary news items in Hollywood Reporter list Ann Lundeen, Frank Mayo and Jack Perrin in the cast, but their appearance in the released film has not been confirmed. Some filming took place at Yosemite National Park, Lake Arrowhead and Alhambra, CA.