- Unable to record the film's dialogue on-set due to technical problems, Kubrick was forced to post-sync all of this film's dialogue and sound effects. Veteran soundman Nat Boxer was hired to record sound. But, after his boom mic and pole created many shadows, the inexperienced Kubrick was forced to fire Boxer and his sound crew. Actress Irene Kane was unavailable to add her dialogue later, so the voice of another actress was used.
- Many scenes were photographed with a springwound Eyemo camera, which holds 100 foot loads of film. The Eyemo was borrowed from friend Max Glenn and was subsequently stolen from Kubrick's car! For many tracking shots, Kubrick and company used the back of a pickup truck in place of a dolly. Kubrick was on welfare during the making of this film. DIRECTOR'S TRADEMARK: Kubrick uses a brief shot of a negative image during Davey's nightmare, which instantly evinces scenes from 2001: A Space Odyssey.
- characters are photographed from both sides of the stageline, making them appear to be (for instance) looking in the same direction, when they are supposed to be looking in opposite directions. Watch the Davey Gordon and Rapallo ax fight at the denouement for an example. This film and Fear and Desire (1953) are the only two Kubrick films not based upon novels or previously published works.
- In one scene lead actress Irene Kane was supposed to walk across 42nd street, but a truck driver repeatedly blocked the way with his vehicle. The driver agreed to clear the area only if Kane would later meet him for a drink. She agreed and the scene was shot, but to this day no one knows if the rendezvous actually took place
- Working with practically no budget and largely without on-location filming permits, Kubrick had to remain unnoticed while shooting in the nation's busiest city, sometimes secretly shooting from a nearby vehicle. -To shoot the scene in which the fight manager is murdered in an East Side alley, Kubrick had to first negotiate with five transients who had set up a makeshift home there and were unwilling to relinquish their turf. -All dialogue was re-recorded and because Irene Kane was not available for these post-synch sessions, radio actress Peggy Lobbin voiced her role. -For the dream sequence, Kubrick imaginatively used the negative image instead of the developed footage. This scene has been likened to the space corridor of 2001: A Space Odyssey.
- The last film directed by Stanley Kubrick that was written as an original screenplay (i.e., wasn't based on a previously published novel or short story).
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