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The working title of this film was The Dead That Walk. The film opens with the following written prologue: "In the darkness of an ancient world-on a shore that time has forgotten-there is a twilight zone between life and death. Here dwell those nameless creatures who are condemned to prowl the land eternally-the walking dead." According to a 1997 letter from blacklisted screenwriter Bernard Gordon contained in the film's production file at the AMPAS library, Gordon wrote the screenplay using the pseudonym Raymond T. Marcus, the name that appears onscreen. Although a November 1956 Hollywood Reporter news item adds Rube Schaefer, Wally Rose, Cuga Tuitama and Stubby Krueger to the cast, their appearance in the released film has not been confirmed.