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A Variety news item of April 23, 1952 reported that Aubrey Schenck intended to produce Shield for Murder with Dana Andrews in the leading role. A December 10, 1953 Daily Variety news item stated that Schenck and Howard W. Koch would produce the film in January 1954. A Los Angeles Times report of April 22, 1954 indicated that production would begin in May with Edmond O'Brien functioning as male lead and "production adviser." O'Brien was later announced as co-director, and this was his first film as director. Hollywood Reporter production charts add Robert Bray to the cast, but his appearance in the completed film has not been confirmed. Hollywood Reporter charts also list Everett Dodd as film editor, but only John F. Schreyer is credited onscreen. Two other films released in the same year, Private Hell 36 and Rogue Cop, also deal with corrupt policemen.