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The film opens with the following written acknowledgment: "We wish to express our sincere gratitude to the Cuban government and its agencies for their help in making this picture in Havana." The cast order varies greatly between the opening and closing credits. Carlos Rivas, who plays "Carlos Rubi" and is billed sixth in the opening credits, is not included in the closing cast list.
A November 28, 1956 Variety article states that The Big Boodle was filmed entirely in Havana, Cuba. It May have been the first U.S. film shot there in its entirety. The film's finale was shot in one of Havana's tourist attactions, Morro Castle.
The Big Boodle was the first production of Lewis F. Blumberg, who was the son of then Universal-International chief Nate Blumberg. A July 20, 1956 Hollywood Reporter news item indicated that post-production work was being carried out at the Estudios Churubusco in Mexico City. According to an January 8, 1957 Hollywood Reporter news item, Errol Flynn had a twenty-five percent financial interest in the production.