This movie departs from its predecessor, On Moonlight Bay (1951), in three main ways. Firstly, the film opens with Stella breaking the fourth wall, addressing the audience directly as she introduces the Winfield family. Secondly, the musical numbers are played like a traditional musical, while the original movie incorporated the songs more organically within the story. Finally, the bespectacled music teacher, although the same basic character with the same mannerisms, has a different name and is played by a different actor, the only member of the cast who did not carry over from the original film.
The shoulder patch on Bill's uniform at the beginning of the movie is of the 41st Infantry Division, which did see limited action in World War I. It was composed of National Guard units from Idaho, Montana, Oregon, North Dakota and Washington state.