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Kressmann Taylor's novel originally appeared in Story Magazine in September-October 1938. Although onscreen credits read "introducing K. T. Stevens," Stevens, who was the daughter of director Sam Wood, had previously appeared in films as Katherine Stevens and made her motion picture debut as a young child in her father's 1921 film Peck's Bad Boy (see below), billed under the name Baby Gloria Wood. Address Unknown marked the first time that she was billed as "K. T. Stevens." The film also marked the first onscreen credit for child actor Gary Gray (1936-2006), who had appeared in films since 1941.
According to an October 1943 pre-production Hollywood Reporter news item, this film was to be the first joint venture of Wood's independent production unit and Columbia. The Daily Variety review notes that although the project was originally slated as a Woods production, William Cameron Menzies, the film's director and Wood's associate, took over the producing chores. A February 1, 1944 Hollywood Reporter news item added that Menzies rewrote sequences to expand the role of Carl Esmond, who was borrowed from Paramount to appear in the film. According to Columbia publicity materials contained in the production files for this film at the AMPAS Library, the beer hall seen in the picture was an exact replica of the beer hall frequented by Adolf Hitler. This film was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Art Direction and Best Score.