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The working titles of this film were Forever Faithful and Hall of Justice. Hollywood Reporter reviewed the picture as Forever Faithful. According to Hollywood Reporter news items, Richard Boleslavsky was first hired to direct the production, then was replaced by Russell Mack so that Boleslavsky could direct M-G-M's Hollywood Party. Charles Brabin took over direction after Mack was reassigned to another picture. Hollywood Reporter news items announced that M-G-M wanted Richard Barthelmess for the film's lead but felt his salary demands were too high. Although a Hollywood Reporter news item announced Genevieve Tobin as a featured player, that actress probably did not appear in the picture. Modern sources note that the film was shot in two weeks, an unusually brief time for an M-G-M production. Day of Reckoning was the only film that Richard Dix made at the studio.