This movie was a major flop at the box-office for MGM, resulting in a loss of one million two hundred twenty-seven thousand dollars (twelve million three hundred thousand dollars in 2016), according to studio records.
The three dollars and twenty-five cents for the roller skates Flavia Mills (Margaret O'Brien) is admiring in the pawn shop window in 1936 would be the equivalent of fifty-six dollars and forty cents in 2016.
Filmed between March 11 and May 15, 1946, with retakes shot in April 1947, the movie was held back until its nationwide release on February 20, 1948. Also, this movie was not given a contemporary New York Times review.
Flavias block party speech was taken from President Franklin Delano Roosevelt's address to the Young Democratic Club in Baltimore, Maryland on April 13, 1936.
This movie received its initial television broadcast in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on Saturday, November 30, 1957 on WFIL (Channel 6), followed by Los Angeles, California on December 13, 1957 on KTTV (Channel 11), by San Francisco, California on January 30, 1958 on KGO (Channel 7), and by New York City, New York on October 1, 1960 on WCBS (Channel 2).