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The working title of this film was Joan of Arc. According to pre-production news items in Hollywood Reporter, RKO considered Charles Boyer, Robert Morley and Jean Gabin for leads in the picture. A news item in Los Angeles Times adds that producer David Hempstead initially wanted Julien Duvivier to direct the project because Duvivier had worked with Gabin and Michele Morgan in Europe. Other pre-production news items in Hollywood Reporter note that Lewis Milestone was assigned to direct the film and worked with Hempstead on the script until Milestone resigned from the project over differences with the studio. The picture used the largest single set constructed by the studio since the making of the 1939 film The Hunchback of Notre Dame (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1931-40; F3.2032), according to another news item in Hollywood Reporter. This film marked the U.S. screen debuts of Austrian actor Paul Henreid and French performer Morgan. Henreid had appeared in some British-American co-productions made in England prior to this film. Laird Cregar was borrowed from Twentieth-Century Fox to appear in the production. The film's score was nominated for an Academy Award.