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The working titles of this film were My Mother and Mr. McChesney and Vicki. The order of the cast in the end credits differs slightly from the that of the opening credits. According to a pre-production item in Hollywood Reporter's "Rambling Reporter" column, French actress Ketti Gallian auditioned for the role of a nun, and a July 23, 1952 Hollywood Reporter news item adds Earl Lee to the cast. Neither actor's appearance in the final film has been confirmed, however. Director Jean Negulesco was borrowed from Twentieth Century-Fox for this film.
According to information in the file on the film in the MPAA/PCA Collection at the AMPAS Library, the PCA was concerned that in dealing with the subject of religious intolerance, the script portrayed the Catholics much more sympathetically than the Protestants. Scandal at Scourie was the last film in which Greer Garson and Walter Pidgeon appeared together. The popular screen team had co-starred in eight previous M-G-M films, most notably Mrs. Miniver and Madame Curie.