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The film's working title was This Love of Ours. As depicted in the film, Al Schmid was a welder who won fame during the battle of Guadacanal when he killed 200 Japanese soldiers during a night attack. Schmid was blinded by a grenade early in the morning, but refused to relinquish his position and continued to fight by having a wounded soldier tell him where to point his gun. A September 3, 1945 article in Time notes that at that time Schmid was living in Philadelphia with his wife and one-year-old son. According to the article, Schmid spent his time typing letters to his friends, listening to Bing Crosby recordings and fishing. His eyesight was limited to the perception of bright colors and moving objects. News items in Hollywood Reporter add the following information about the production: Some scenes were shot on location in Philadelphia and at the San Diego Naval Hospital. Ann Doran was borrowed from Paramount for the picture. Cinematographer Sol Polito substituted for Peverell Marley while the latter was out with the flu. In an article in January 12, 1946 issue of Saturday Evening Post, actor John Garfield cited "Al Schmid" as his favorite movie role. The writer Albert Maltz, who was nominated for an Academy Award for the screenplay of Pride of the Marines, was later blacklisted. John Garfield and Eleanor Parker reprised their roles in a Lux Radio Theatre broadcast on December 31, 1945.