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The film's working title was Days Before Lent. According to Hollywood Reporter news items, Jonathan Cott was cast as a New Orleans police captain, but Cott was not in the film. News items also include Harry Anderson and Phil Schumacher in the cast, but their appearance in the released film has not been confirmed. Other Hollywood Reporter news items indicated that David Rose was initially set to do the music score. Holiday for Sinners marked producer John Houseman's first film for M-G-M and British actor Jack Raine's first American film. Although the picture was not shot on location in New Orleans, stock footage of the Mardi Gras is seen throughout the film.