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According to pre-production news items in Hollywood Reporter, Samuel Goldwyn bought the rights to the Edward Chodorov play for $75,000, intending to star Teresa Wright and Dana Andrews in the motion picture version. Joan Fontaine was later assigned to play the female lead, but in September 1944, Goldwyn sold the property to RKO as a vehicle for Laraine Day. A November 1944 pre-production news item in Hollywood Reporter announced Jacques Tourneur as the film's director. Two days later, however, another news item in Hollywood Reporter announced that RKO was borrowing Lewis Allen from Paramount to direct the picture. The studio also borrowed Robert Young from M-G-M to star in the production.
According to a news item in Hollywood Reporter, the positive audience reaction to newcomer Bill Williams, whose onscreen credit reads: "And introducing Bill Williams as Jerry," won him a top role in the 1946 RKO film Deadline at Dawn (see entry above). Screenwriter Jerome Chodorov was the brother of playwright Edward Chodorov.