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The opening and ending cast credits differ in order, with Connie Stevens being listed "and Connie Stevens as Anna" at the end of the opening credits. The onscreen credits list a 1971 copyright for ABC Pictures Corp., but the film was not registered for copyright. Although the novel was credited onscreen to author James Hadley Chase, it was first published in London under the author's real name, Ren Raymond. When the novel was published in the United States in 1942, Raymond used the pseudonym James Hadley Chase.
In an interview with producer-director Robert Aldrich printed in a contemporary source, Aldrich stated that the film originally ended with "Barbara" committing suicide by jumping into the river. That version was shown several times, Aldrich noted, but after the audience reacted unfavorably, he decided that because Barbara's life was already ruined, having her commit suicide would have been redundant. James Hadley Chase's novel ended with Barbara killing herself by jumping out the barn window.
According to publicity materials in the film's production file at the AMPAS Library, location shooting was done in Northern California and in Los Angeles County. Chase's novel also served as the basis for the 1948 British film No Orchids for Miss Blandish, directed by St. John Legh Clowes and starring Linden Travers and Jack La Rue, and the 1975 French film Flesh for the Orchid, directed by Patrice Chreau and starring Charlotte Rampling and Bruno Cremer.