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A 6 August 1941 Hollywood Reporter news item notes that Humphrey Bogart and Ann Sheridan were to star in the film, and a November 25, 1941 news item in Los Angeles Examiner states that W. R. Burnett wrote his novel with Bogart in mind. At that time, according to a August 6, 1941 New York Times news item, Robert Lord was to direct the story, which concerned a "New York night club owner and his singer-wife who come to Hollywood to pursue their careers." Warner Bros. reportedly paid $20,000 for the rights to Burnett's story. According to a press release, Stuart Erwin and Ruth Donnelly were to play comedy roles in the film. Other Hollywood Reporter news items add the following information about the production: Shots of Wilshire Blvd., the Ambassador Hotel, and Union Depot are seen in the film. Los Angeles Plaza was recreated on the back lot. According to a news item in Motion Picture Herald, the film was shown to the men of the 80th Blue Ridge Division in Kempten, Germany in early September 1945. Jane Wyman starred with Ronald Reagan in a November 17, 1947 Lux Radio Theatre broadcast of the story.