This was June Allyson's first real starring role without another major female star in the film. The film was a big hit and proved to MGM she could carry a film. She remained a star for anther 15 years.
Filmed from March to May 1945 while WWII was still raging, but not released until late December 1945, there are a few contemporary war-related and relevant items in this film. The flag in the window of the new apartment with the single (blue) star indicated a member of the household was in the military. Mary's pin, that Freddy gave her, is a representation of that flag as well. When John unexpectedly returns in a suit, he is wearing the Honorable Service Lapel Button on his lapel, indicating he was honorably discharged from the service.
This film was a hit at the box office, earning MGM a profit of $683,000 according to studio records.
This film received its USA television premiere in Los Angeles Friday 30 November 1956 on KTTV (Channel 11) followed by Philadelphia Monday 31 December 1956 on WFIL (Channel 6); in Chicago it first aired 1 February 1957 on WBBM (Channel 2) , in Hartford CT 12 February 1957 on WHCT (Channel 18), in New Haven CT 19 February 1957 on WHNC (Channel 8), in Portland OR 3 March 1957 on KGW (Channel 8), in Minneapolis 24 March 1957 on KMGM (Channel 9) and in Altoona PA 13 July 1957 on WFBG (Channel 10); its San Francisco television premiere took place 7 January 1958 on KGO (Channel 7); but its first New York City telecast did not take place until Monday 13 June 1960 on WCBS (Channel 2).