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The working title of this film was The Kiss and the Sword. According to Los Angeles Times and Daily Variety new items, producer Sam Katzman hoped to cast Cornel Wilde in the lead as "Charles Wogan." Irishman Wogan of Rathecoffey, described as a Jacobian spy, served, along with Sgt. Gaydon O'Toole, as bodyguard to James Stuart. Prince James Francis Edward Stuart (1688-1766), known as The Old Pretender, was the son of King James II, monarch of England and Scotland until he fled England in 1688 under persecution for his Roman Catholic beliefs. Denied his heritage by Parliamentary law, which outlawed Catholic access to the throne, James Francis, exiled in France, nevertheless made two unsuccessful attempts with sympathetic "Jacobites" to invade England through Scotland, but was repelled each time. When King Louis of France resumed relations with England, James was forced to leave France and settled in Rome, where he lived out the remainder of his life. As shown in the film, James Francis married Princess Maria Clementina, and their son, Charles Edward-"Bonnie Prince Charles" (The Young Pretender)-made a last attempt to gain the throne during the unsuccessful 1745 rebellion.