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The opening cast credits vary slightly from the closing credits. On July 27, 1956, Hollywood Reporter reported that Richard Widmark had paid $100,000 to The Theatre Guild for the film rights to the play Time Limit. The film adaptation of the play marked the first picture for Widmark's independent production company, Heath Productions, Inc. It also marked the directorial debut of actor Karl Malden. As noted in a April 28, 1957 New York Times news item, scenes were shot on location at Fort Jay on Governor's Island, New York, from 7 May-9 May; in addition, an April 1957 Hollywood Reporter news item states that some scenes were shot at the Conejo Ranch near Agoura, CA. Although a March 1957 Hollywood Reporter news item adds Stephen Ellis to the cast, his appearance in the final film has not been confirmed. Despite reviews praising his work, Malden's only other feature film directing work was as fill-in director for Delmer Daves on the 1959 Warner Bros. production The Hanging Tree. In his autoboigraphy, Malden stated that he preferred being a good actor to being a fairly good director.