The opening montage shows pictures of [?] Frank Riley in a Navy uniform circa World War 2. Later in the movie when his wife pulls out his pocket watch it has a leather fob attached with a gold anchor with a silver "USN" on it, signifying Frank achieved the rank of Chief Petty Officer during his time in the service.
Originally intended to be a story featured in the TV series [Amazing Stories]. Steven Spielberg liked the idea so much he decided to make it a theatrical release.
The building that housed Hume Cronyn's lunch counter was a unique old building that was the only one on the block. Twenty-five years earlier it was used for the [?] Judy Holliday musical Bells Are Ringing with the block in the same condition.