For casting the role of the kid previously played by Shirley Temple in the earlier Little Miss Marker (1934), a talent search of scores of young girls was conducted before the production cast Sara Stimson. Stimson was six years old at the time, had no prior acting experience, and did not resemble Shirley Temple as a child. And unlike Temple, the picture did not launch a film career for her.
Tony Curtis co-starred in this remake of the Damon Runyon story which has been made a number of times. Curtis does not play the Sorrowful Jones character in this movie but he did in the previous version, 40 Pounds of Trouble (1962), where the character was named Steve McCluskey.
The only ever film & TV credit of actress Sara Stimson who plays the title role. Child actress Stimson was nominated for Best Female Young Artist in a Major Motion Picture Award at the 1981 Family Entertainment Awards but lost to Diane Lane for Touched by Love (1980).