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This film marked the motion picture acting debut of radio comic, voice specialist and musician Mel Blanc. Although Blanc's character name is listed in the screen credits as "Pancho," he is called "Julio" in the film. Portions of the film are narrated by Keenan Wynn's character. A May 1948 Hollywood Reporter news item indicates that production on the film, which was set to begin in the spring of 1948, was postponed for several months pending Red Skelton's recovery from a "nervous condition" attributed to overwork. Frank Loesser received an Academy Award for his song "Baby, It's Cold Outside." According to information contained in the MPPA/PCA Collection at the AMPAS Library, songs that were at one time intended for inclusion in the film were "(I'd Like to Get You) On a Slow Boat to China" and "Tunnel of Love," both of which were written written by Frank Loesser. "Tunnel of Love" was included in the 1950 Paramount film Let's Dance.