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The Variety review of the film erroneously listed the running time as 196 minutes. A Hollywood Reporter news item announced that Randall Duell was to be the art director for the film, but only Stan Rogers was credited on production charts, reviews and the onscreen credits. Actress Virginia Grey is included in the cast on Hollywood Reporter production charts, but she was not in the released film. Van Heflin won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for the role of "Jeff Hartnett" and received excellent notices for his performance. According to a Hollywood Reporter news item, director Mervyn LeRoy created the film's publicity tagline "T'nT" for the onscreen pairing of popular M-G-M stars Robert Taylor and Lana Turner. M-G-M reissued the film on March 15, 1950, together with Blossoms in the Dust. Taylor and Heflin recreated their roles for a Lux Radio Theatre broadcast on January 21, 1946. Susan Peters portrayed "Lisbeth" in the radio production, and Cy Kendall, who portrayed "Bill Halligan" in the film, portrayed "Marco." In an article in Saturday Evening Post entitled "The Role I Liked Best," Heflin cited Johnny Eager as his favorite performance.