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According to a September 1954 Daily Variety news item, Ida Lupino, her then-husband Howard Duff and writer Douglas Morrow formed an independent production company in order to film Beyond a Reasonable Doubt. Lupino was to co-write the screenplay with Morrow, and Duff and Joseph Cotten were set to star. In September 1955, however, Hollywood Reporter announced that Bert Friedlob had purchased Morrow's original story for his newly formed independent production company, Bert Friedlob Productions. On March 28, 1956, Hollywood Reporter reported that Friedlob had created his company in order to distinguish between his California and New York interests. According to an April 1956 Los Angeles Examiner article, Morrow was inspired to write Beyond a Reasonable Doubt by a 1955 Gallup poll that indicated that Americans were evenly divided in their responses to capital punishment.
       A January 1956 Hollywood Reporter news item indicates that some scenes were shot on location in Chicago. The picture marked director Fritz Lang's last American film. According to modern sources, Lang, who made his first American film, Fury, in 1936, had grown so tired of studio interference, amplified by his disagreements with Friedlob, that he decided to return to his native Germany. He made only a few more films there before retiring in 1960. Lang returned to the U.S., where he died in 1976.