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The working title of this film was Case Against Joe. No art director or set decorator was credited onscreen or in contemporary sources. A January 1955 Hollywood Reporter news item reported that Danny Arnold was assigned to write the screenplay. However, Arnold is not credited onscreen or in other contemporary sources, and his contribution to the film, if any, is not known. According to information in the pressbook, Crime Against Joe was shot at various locations in Tucson, AZ, including the following: a YMCA, a nightclub named Pago Pago, the offices of then-Sheriff McKenny and Duke's Drive-In.