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  • Billing Displacement: Rochelle Hudson is billed before Dorothy Coonan. She plays a minor character called Grace, who gets raped by the brakeman, whereas Dorothy plays one of the protagonists Sally.
  • Dawson Casting: Dorothy Coonan, who played Sally, was twenty. Mostly averted with the other teenage actors though.
  • Deleted Role: Alan Hale Jr (yes, The Skipper) filmed some scenes but they were cut. He can be seen in the picture the judge looks at towards the end.
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  • Romance on the Set: Director William Wellman eventually married Dorothy Coonan.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • An alternate ending was filmed where Tommy and Sally are sent to juvenile hall and Eddie to prison. This was considered a more realistic ending, but Executive Meddling saw the judge instead giving them a second chance. Several reviewers called this a cop-out.
    • William Wyler and John Ford were both interested in directing before William Wellman got the film.
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