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The film's pre-release title was New Bordertown. Film Daily notes that Miriam Hopkins was considered for the lead opposite Muni. According to Daily Variety, the studio did not intend to credit Carroll Graham because they felt the script was so different from the book. Although credited to different writers, portions of the 1940 Warner Bros. film They Drive By Night closely resemble scenes in this film. Modern sources note that the opening scenes were shot in Los Angeles' Olvera St. According to modern sources, Muni hired a Mexican chauffeur named Manuel and studied his accent and gestures as part of his preparation for the role.