Final film of director Robert Z. Leonard. NOTE: Director, screenwriter and occasional producer Leonard (nicknamed Pop) started his film career as an actor in Damon and Pythias (1908). Ultimately his directing style would become identified with the golden age of MGM. He began with MGM's predecessor, Metro Pictures, directing and writing Peacock Alley (1922), and finished his stint there with MGM's The King's Thief (1955) (as director only). For his career finale at Universal-International, he once more guided Van Johnson. Previously, the director and leading man had teamed five times at MGM: Week-End at the Waldorf (1945), In the Good Old Summertime (1949), Duchess of Idaho (1950), Grounds for Marriage (1951) and Too Young to Kiss (1951).
According to a 20 Sep 1955 LAEx news item, Van Johnson's contract for Kelly and Me included a percentage of the film's profits. Studio press materials reported that Johnson requested Robert Z. Leonard to direct the picture.