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Patterns is not listed in the Copyright Catalog, nor is there a copyright statement on the film. Patterns was a filmization of the teleplay of the same name broadcast on January 12, 1955 as part of NBC's Kraft Television Theatre series. It was one of the first teleplays (after the Hecht-Lancaster production of Marty, ) to be produced as a feature film. Fiedler Cooke also directed the "Patterns" teleplay. Everett Sloane, Ed Begley, Elizabeth Wilson and Joanna Roos recreated their roles from the television original.
According to an October 1955 Daily Variety article, after the film's production, co-producers Jed Harris and Michael Myerberg, who had teamed at the beginning of that year, split up. Patterns was their first joint effort and only Myerberg received onscreen credit. Both the Hollywood Reporter and Variety reviews listed Harris as co-producer. The Hollywood Reporter review noted the discrepancy between the onscreen and paper credits given to reporters. Daily Variety noted in November 1955 that Harris had filed suit against Myerberg and board member Lee Moselle, stating that the defendants had "wasted" corporation assets and demanding that Harris receive 50% stock interest in the firm created by Harris and Myerberg. The outcome of the suit has not been determined.
Many reviews of Patterns noted its story similarities to M-G-M's 1954 production Executive Suite. Like that film, Patterns did not have a musical score. One review commented on how the lack of music accentuated the street and office sounds and lent the production atmosphere. The film was shot on location in New York and at the Warner Bros. studio in Brooklyn.