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Voice-over narration, spoken by Shirley Booth as her character "Vivien Leslie," is heard intermittently throughout the film. According to a Hollywood Reporter news item, Paramount purchased the rights to Via Delmar's novel in June 1950, and tentatively assigned the project to George Stevens. In September 1953 Hollywood Reporter announced that Paul Nathan, story editor and casting director for the "recently dissolved Hal Wallis Productions," was to "start work" on the picture, but the exact nature and extent of his contribution have not been determined. Director Daniel Mann, producer Wallis and screenwriter Ketti Frings also worked with Booth on Come Back, Little Sheba, the 1952 film for which she won an Oscar . A Hollywood Reporter news item adds Fred Sweeney to the cast, but his appearance in the final film has not been confirmed.