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One post-production Hollywood Reporter news item referred to this film as The Crime of Mary Andrews, which May briefly have been considered as a release title. The film's opening credits read "Based on the play by Bayard Veiller," and do not assign screenplay credit. According to a June 9, 1941 memo contained in the AMPAS library file on the film, producer Edwin Knopf "has taken the play by Bayard Veiller, and with very few changes, produced the play [as a film]." According to Hollywood Reporter news items, May McAvoy was to have a small part in the film along with "twenty other prominent actors and actresses" from the silent era. Although several former silent stars, including Anna Q. Nilsson and Matt Moore, were in the film, McAvoy's appearance in the released film has not been confirmed. Early Hollywood Reporter production charts list Oliver T. Marsh as the cameraman, but the film only credits George Folsey.
Veiller's play was previously filmed by M-G-M in 1929. That film was directed and written by Veiller himself, and starred Norma Shearer and Lewis Stone. In 1931, M-G-M made a Spanish-language version entitled El proceso de Mary Dugan, directed by Marcel De Sano, and starring Mara Ladrn de Guevara and Jos Crespo. That same year, De Sano directed a French-language version of the film, Le procs de Mary Dugan, starring Huguette ex-Duflos, and Arthur Robison directed a German-language version, Mordprozess Mary Dugan, starring Nora Gregor.