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Run for the Sun was one of four films produced for United Artists release by a company owned by actress Jane Russell and her then-husband, Robert Waterfield. Pre-production Hollywood Reporter news items of March and June 1955 reported that the screenplay was being written by Robert Wilder, but he is not credited on the released film.
According to publicity materials, the jungle sequences were shot about fifty miles from Acapulco, Mexico. The location used for "Browne" and "Van Anders'" base was a vast, ruined, 16th century hacienda and sugar plantation/refinery built by Hernn Cortes at Atlacomulco, southeast of Cuernavaca. In the 1980s the principal house and several other buildings were restored and turned into a hotel. For Run for the Sun, the interior and patio of the house, as well as the interior of the small hotel where "Katy Connors" and "Mike Latimer" meet, were built at Estudios Churubusco in Mexico City. The house interior was reputed to be the largest set yet built in a Mexican studio.
Richard Edward Connell's short story served as the basis for several films including, most notably, the 1932 RKO Radio Pictures production The Most Dangerous Game, directed by Ernest B. Schoedsack and Irving Pichel and starring Joel McCrea and Fay Wray (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1931-40 ) and the 1945 RKO film A Game of Death, directed by Robert Wise and starring John Loder and Audrey Long (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1941-50).