With Ned Washington's romantic lyrics added to Victor Young's graceful melody, "Stella by Starlight" turned into a major hit song three years after the film's release. Noteworthy recordings arrived in 1947 from Frank Sinatra on Columbia, Dick Haymes on Decca and Dennis Day on RCA Victor. Unfortunately, Mr. Young's score failed to attain an Oscar nomination in the category of Dramatic Score of 1944.
There is a line of dialogue, near the end of the film, when Rick assures Lizzie: "We will do nothing tonight that the priest wouldn't approve of." He is referring to Father Anson, who had a major sub plot in the novel (he wanted to perform an exorcism on the house) but whose character and sub-plot were deleted entirely from the filmed version. This one odd line, lifted almost verbatim from the novel, somehow made it into the final cut.
One of over 700 Paramount Productions, filmed between 1929 and 1949, which were sold to MCA/Universal in 1958 for television distribution, and have been owned and controlled by Universal ever since. Its television premiere in Philadelphia occurred Monday 4 May 1959 on WCAU (Channel 10).
There are many instances in this film where the screenplay adaptation lifts dialogue verbatim from the 1942 novel by Dorothy MacArdle on which the movie is based. The most extensive such sequence occurs early in the movie, when Rick visits the tobacconist's shop.
Gail Russell co-stars with author Cornelia Otis Skinner who portrayed "Miss Holloway". That same year (1944), Gail Russell portrayed Cornelia Otis Skinner in "Our Hearts Were Young and Gay", a film based on the real-life memoirs of Miss Skinner.
Although it appears that Windward does not have electricity because the light is from candles and oil lamps, the use of a radio makes it possible the house is wired. In the novel, it is clear that the house has electricity as characters "switch on the lights."
Three cast members in studio records/casting call lists did not appear or were not identifiable in the movie. These were (with their character names): Norman Ainsley (Chauffeur), Ottola Nesmith (Mrs. Carlton) and George Kirby (Gas Station Attendant). Ainsley presumably was driving the car which dropped off Commander Beech and Stella after church, and Mr. and Mr. Carlton presumably was in the back seat. But none of these actors are seen. Mr. Carlton, however, does speak before the car drives off.
Cornelia Otis Skinner has a supporting role in this film, which introduced Gail Russell. Later that year Gail Russell played Miss Skinner in the film of Miss Skinner's memoir, "Our Hearts Were Young and Gay" (1944).