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The working title of this film was Garment Center. The picture opens with an offscreen narrator describing the garment district as a "teaming jungle of conflict and terror." According to August and September Hollywood Reporter news items, Glenn Ford and Henry Fonda were both considered for the role of "Alan," and Elaine Stritch was to appear as "Lee Hackett." According to a December 1956 Hollywood Reporter news item, Robert Aldrich directed the film until November 30, 1956, at which time he was stricken by the flu. Vincent Sherman was then hired as the fill-in director. Fearing that Aldrich might be suffering from an extended illness, the studio decided to replace him permanently with Sherman. An October 1956 ^HR news item states that Aldrich appeared as a taxi driver during the cab scene with "Alan" and "Theresa." Although a November 1956 Hollywood Reporter news item places Walda Winchell, Walter Winchell's daughter, in the cast, her appearance in the released film has not been confirmed.
Although November 1956 Hollywood Reporter news items place Don C. Harvey, Irving Gold, Joanna Barnes and Flo Vinsen in the cast, their appearance in the released film has not been confirmed. The Variety review notes that the funeral in the film was actual newsreel footage from the funeral of a slain union leader. Other Hollywood Reporter news items add that location filming was done in Manhattan and in the Los Angeles garment district.