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The working title of this film was Legacy. This picture marked former radio announcer Robert Sherwood's (not to be confused with Robert Sherwood the playwright) debut as a film producer. According to the Variety review, Sherwood bought the rights to Charles Bonner's novel and then used the property to orchestrate a production deal with Columbia. Variety incorrectly lists the picture's running time as 108 minutes. Ingrid Bergman was borrowed from David O. Selznick Productions to appear in the film. Gregory Ratoff also directed Bergman's American screen debut in the 1939 Selznick film Intermezzo (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1931-40; F3.2140). On April 4, 1957, Lux Video Theatre broadcast a televised version of this film script titled Adam Had Four Sons and starring Leon Ames and Valentina Cortesa.