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According to a December 1955 Daily Variety news item, RKO bought the film rights to Cameron Hawley's bestselling novel, Cash McCall, before Warner Bros. acquired it. Hawley, according to the Variety review, was a former advertising chief of Armstrong Cork. Although his appearance in the film has not been confirmed, Hollywood Reporter news items add Lyle Leslie to the cast. As noted in Warner Bros. studio notes for the film, Cash McCall marked Natalie Wood's return to the screen after an absence of more than a year. According to a January 1960 Los Angeles Examiner news item, Wood had "a year's hassle" with the studio, which modern sources state was due to her turning down films that she felt were not good.
Although studio production notes and a May 1959 Hollywood Reporter news item reported that actor Henry Jones, who portrayed "Gilmore Clark" in the film, was given time out from Cash McCall to allow him to reprise the role he created on Broadway, portraying Louis Howe, an advisor to Franklin Delano Roosevelt, in the film version of Sunrise at Campobello , Jones did not appear in the latter film. According to production notes, portions of Cash McCall were shot along California's Monterey peninsula coast.