One of many of Van Johnson's movies where he is in the military. Some have branded him a draft dodger not being in the military during WWII, but after a car crash in 1943 where he sustained such a serious head injury that he had a plate put in his skull he was classified 4-F ("unfit for military service"). He had scars that were covered for movies by heavy makeup but he didn't for The Caine Mutiny (1954). Johnson felt that showing scars gave more credence to his naval character.
When Jane Wyman ("Ruth") and Eileen Heckart ("Grace") pause to talk on a bridge in Central Park, the building on the edge of the park filling half the screen is the Dakota, perhaps New York's most famous apartment building.
Franz Waxman composed the score for this film. The theme he used when Jane Wyman's character first enters her New York office was used by George Lucas for his first feature film, THX 1138 (1971). The music was heard in the futuristic shopping mall sequence as "elevator music."
The large building with twin towers, in the background when Art and Ruth meet Sgt. Parker (Alan King) in Central Park is the Majestic, a luxury 31-story apartment building in Manhattan located between West 71th Street and West 72th Street. It opened in 1931.
The poem begun by Arthur Hugenon (Van Johnson) at the piano is "Arethusa" by Shelley, written in 1820. It tells the mythological story of Arethusa of Syracuse, one of the classical Greek nymphs.
Even though he is most likely just joking based on his friendly and initially lighthearted demeanor during their conversation at Central Park, Art Hugenon is incorrect when he refers to Gil Parker as 'colonel'. Based on 1940's World War II military chevron emblems/stripes, their respective ranks are as follows: Art is a Private (perhaps Private 1st Class) Grade 6, while Gil is a Technician 4th Class Grade 4.