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The two writing teams are listed in the opening credits as "Fay and Michael Kanin" and "Ruth and Augustus Goetz." A April 7, 1953 item in Hollywood Reporter's "Rambling Reporter" column stated that Anne Francis was testing for a role, but she was not in the film. According to pre-production news items, Paramount purchased Henry Handel Richardson's novel in December 1951, and later assigned it to producer Bernard Smith and director Charles Vidor. M-G-M acquired the completed screenplay in December 1952. According to the Hollywood Citizen-News review, Vidor incorporated background shots of Paris, Zurich and St. Moritz "to recreate an authentic European atmosphere." Michael Rabin, who performed the violin solos heard in the film, was seventeen years old at the time of production. According to a July 20, 1953 Hollywood Reporter news item, Norma Nevens, who had a bit part in the film, was the daughter of M-G-M producer Lawrence Weingarten.