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News items in Hollywood Reporter add the following information about the production: Warner Bros. paid between $50,000 and $65,000 for film rights to Elmer Harris' play. Delmer Daves was initially scheduled to direct the film. Some scenes were filmed on location at Fort Bragg, CA and at the Mendocino Presbyterian Church. The film marked the motion picture debut of actress January Sterling. Stephen McNally, using the name Horace McNally, acted the role of "Dr. Richardson" in the stage production of the play. Jane Wyman won an Academy Award for Best Actress. Lew Ayers was nominated for Best Actor, and Charles Bickford and Agnes Moorehead were nominated for Best Supporting Actor and Best Supporting Actress, respectively. Jean Negulesco was nominated for Best Director. The film also received nominations for Best Picture, Screenplay, Art Direction, Cinematography, Film Editing, Music and Sound Recording.