In keeping with Army regulation, Veronica Lake (Lt. Olivia D'Arcy) changed her famous "peek-a-boo" hairstyle. She only let her hair down once, in her final scene. Later she cut it, with much publicity, because women who copied her and worked in factories kept getting their hair caught in the machinery.
During shooting, a rift occurred between Claudette Colbert and Paulette Goddard when Colbert overheard Goddard say that she and Veronica Lake were closer friends because they were the same age. Colbert was miffed because Goddard (32 at the time) was actually closer to Colbert's age (39) than Lake's (20).
The film covers the World War II Battle of Bataan and the place Bataan which is a Central Luzon region province on Luzon island in the Philippines and occupies the whole of the Bataan Peninsula on the island.
Before the departure from the U.S. Joan asks Janet to stall one of her beaus on the dock. To do so, Janet recites the first four lines of the poem "Snowflakes" by Mary Mapes Dodge: "Whenever a snowflake leaves the sky, / It turns and turns to say 'Good-by! / Good-by, dear clouds, so cool and gray!' Then lightly travels on its way." At first she garbles the last line, but then gets it right.
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. Considered one of the centerpieces of the MCA/Paramount Film Library, its initial television broadcast took place in Omaha Sunday 30 November 1958 on KETV (Channel 7), followed by Seattle 8 April 1959 on KIRO (Channel 7), by Philadelphia 11 April 1959 on WCAU (Channel 10), by Chicago 30 May 1959 on WBBM (Channel 2), by Milwaukee 3 July 1959 on WITI (Channel 6), by Lowell, Massachusetts (serving Boston) 11 July 1959 on WBZ (Channel 4), by Minneapolis 6 August 1959 on WTCN (Channel 11), by Detroit in 2 parts 24-25 September 1959 on WJBK (Channel 2), by Phoenix 21 November 1959 on KVAR (Channel 12), by Ashevile, North Carolina 22 November 1959 on WLOS (Channel 13), by Johnstown 7 December 1959 on WJAC (Channel 6), and finally by New York City 2 January 1960 on WCBS (Channel 2). It was released to DVD 22 May 2007 as part of the Universal Cinema Classic Series, and since that time has also enjoyed occasional cable TV airings on Turner Classic Movies.
It is eerily coincidental that Superman is mentioned several times in this film. His story is told to some children in one scene, and the soldier named "Kansas" is called Superman in another. George Reeves, who plays Lt. John Summers, would be cast as Superman eight years after this movie was made, and portrayed the superhero in both a television series and on the silver screen.
On her wedding night, Janet recites the following lines: "Home is the place where, when you have to go there, / They have to take you in." They are from "The Death of the Hired Man," a poem by the American poet Robert Frost (1874-1963).