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Contemporary reviews note that the story bears only a slight resemblance to the novel, which was based on R. H. Bruce Lockhart's own experiences in Russia. At the time of Dora Kaplan's attempt on Lenin's life, Lockhart was arrested as an accomplice and later exchanged for a Russian held by the British. A news item in Film Daily notes that Pierre Collings was writing dialogue for the film. A press release notes that forty-one different sets were used, 1,500 people were in the cast, and 3,000 rounds of ammunition were fired in the riot scenes. Call Bureau Cast Service lists Corinne Williams as "Dora Kaplan" while the studio cast sheet credits Zosia Tanina. Daily Variety reported that Jack Warner had authorized negotiations between the studio and the Soviet government for permission to send in a film crew for location shots. If permission had been received, this would have been the first American film crew to work in Soviet territory. According to modern sources, Frank Borzage was originally scheduled to direct this film.