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The film's working title was Give Me This Woman. Author Frederic Prokosch's first name is spelled "Fredric" in the onscreen credits. Hollywood Reporter news items add the following information about this production: Jack Chertok took over as producer from Hal B. Wallis when the latter ended his contract with the studio. Warner Bros. requested that David O. Selznick loan Joan Fontaine to the studio to perform in the picture. A October 14, 1943 Los Angeles Times news item reported that Frank Gruber was writing the screenplay. According to the film's press releases, Helmut Dantine, Humphrey Bogart and Ann Sheridan were to star in the picture, which was first advertised as a Casablanca "reunion". Hedy Lamarr was borrowed from M-G-M for the film.