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Although onscreen credits read "introducing Dick Shawn," Wake Me When It's Over did not mark Shawn's screen debut. Shawn debuted in the 1956 film Opposite Sex. According to studio publicity material contained in the film's file at the AMPAS Library, the sets were constructed from Air Force surplus materials, and the airstrip location was filmed atop Catalina Island, CA. Publicity also states that Ernie Kovacs performed his own parachute stunts. Wake Me When It's Over marked producer-director Mervyn LeRoy's first Twentieth Century-Fox release.