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The working title of this film was For Love or Money. Although Jay Livingston and Ray Evans are credited onscreen with the music and lyrics to the title song, only the music is heard in the film. The song was later recorded by actress Debbie Reynolds. When the play ran on Broadway in 1947, it starred June Lockhart and helped to launch the career of Grace Kelly, who played "Janet Blake" in the play's touring company. Universal borrowed Reynolds from M-G-M for the film. According to modern sources, after the success of Tammy and the Bachelor (see below), Universal noted M-G-M's failure to promote Reynolds and so prepared This Happy Feeling specifically as a star vehicle for her. Although a October 21, 1957 Hollywood Reporter news item adds Lorelei Vitek to the cast, her appearance in the final film has not been confirmed.