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According to the New York Herald Tribune review, "theater personality" Angna Enters, who is credited onscreen with the film's "idea," wrote a story called "Mama's Angel," which was the basis of this picture. Lost Angel was Enters' first film credit. Many reviewers commented on the performance of six-year-old Margaret O'Brien, predicting that Lost Angel would launch her as a star. Some compared her favorably to child star Shirley Temple. O'Brien received a Special Academy Award in 1944 as "Outstanding Child Actress." Child star Bobby Driscoll made his screen debut in the picture. According to Hollywood Reporter, Lost Angel was voted the most popular film among the Southwest Pacific Army camps in March 1944, beating one hundred other films "by a wide margin." A Hollywood Reporter news item adds Barbara Quintanilla to the cast, but her appearance in the final film has not been confirmed. In addition, Hollywood Reporter notes that David Miller directed the onscreen band during the "I've Got You Under My Skin" number, but his appearance in the final film has not been confirmed. On June 19, 1944, O'Brien, Marsha Hunt, James Craig and Keenan Wynn reprised their roles for a Lux Radio Theatre adaptation of the film. O'Brien also portrayed "Alpha" in a October 22, 1945 Lux broadcast, which co-starred George Murphy and Donna Reed.