Louise Randall Pierson wrote the screenplay for this film based upon her best-selling autobiographical book of the same name. The story includes the tales of her three sons, the youngest of whom, ("Frankie") Frank Pierson, later became the prominent Hollywood writer, producer, and director. He received Oscar nominations for writing CAT BALLOU and COOL HAND LUKE, and won an Oscar for writing DOG DAY AFTERNOON.
Louise Randall Pierson:
Every time I get my ship on an even keel, something goes bang!
The actors wear clothes correct for the period until the movie reaches 1918. Thereafter, they wear what was being worn at the time of the movie's release.