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Writers Thomas Lennon, George Bruce and George Oppenheimer were the authors of the story screenplay for The Crowd Roars, the 1938 M-G-M film on which this picture is based. The Crowd Roars was directed by Richard Thorpe and starred Robert Taylor and Edward Arnold (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1931-40; F3.0893). Boxer Jack Roper, who is listed as a "Fighter" in the CBCS, played himself in the 1938 film. Although Hollywood Reporter production charts through June 1947 list Elizabeth Taylor as the female lead, she was replaced by Ann Blyth. A July 1947 Hollywood Reporter news item noted that assistant director Dolph Zimmer suffered a heart attack during production of the film.