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A press release dated May 14, 1941 included in the file on the film at the AMPAS Library announced that George Raft and Olivia De Havilland were to star in the film. When Raft turned down the part, Humphrey Bogart was cast instead. A April 10, 1941 Hollywood Reporter news item notes that Marlene Dietrich was also considered as Raft's co-star. Conrad Veidt was borrowed from M-G-M for the part of "Ebbing." Some reviews erroneously list Barton MacLane's role as "Max Calucci" instead of "Marty Callahan." In 1991, some colorized shots of Bogart, taken from this film, were used in a Diet Coca Cola commercial, integrated with newly shot footage of singer Elton John.