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The working title of this picture was Nick Carter, and according to the Variety review, it was the first in a proposed series of films based on the adventures of the dime novel detective Nick Carter. According to modern sources, M-G-M bought the screen rights to all 1,100 of the Nick Carter stories in the 1930s, planning to release a series of films based on them. The series did not begin until 1939 however, with the production of this film. The series, which consisted of three films, each starring Walter Pidgeon as Nick Carter, were all based on original screenplays and not the Nick Carter stories. The 1940 film Sky Murder was the last in the series. For further information, consult the Series Index. M-G-M publicity materials contained in the AMPAS Library file on the film add that the picture was shot on location at the Lockheed Airplane Works in Burbank, CA, and that it marked Jacques Tourneur's debut as a feature film length director at M-G-M, although he previously had directed portions of A Tale of Two Cities and other films.