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The film's pre-release title was Hey, Sailor. In the opening credits, the filmmakers acknowledge the cooperation of the Navy. The film was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Picture. According to contemporary sources, this movie was filmed on location at the dirigible field in Sunnyvale, CA, the Naval Training Station in San Diego, CA, the Navy yard at Bremerton, WA, in San Pedro, CA and on the U.S.S. Arizona. According to various news items in Hollywood Reporter, Margaret Lindsay was originally assigned to the lead, but when she could not continue because she had not fully recovered from appendix surgery, Ann Dvorak was considered before Gloria Stuart was finally cast. This was the first screen pairing of O'Brien and Cagney who went on to make eight movies together.