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The working title for this film was The Homecoming of Ulysses. According to a September 1947 article in New York Times and an M-G-M News news item, an elaborate set that included five thirty-five foot towers, an evacuation hospital and more than one hundred army field tents was constructed at the Lasky-Mesa ranch, thirty miles from Hollywood, for the filming of the Anzio battle scene. The battle scene, which took three weeks to prepare and used hundreds of extras, five cameramen and six assistant directors, was a recreation of the historic capture of the Anzio beachhead in Italy by U.S. and British forces on January 22, 1944. Soon after its release, Homecoming was selected by New York film critics as one of the ten worst pictures of 1948. In 1951, according to New York Times, the film appeared, along with two other films, on the first airing of an experimental television broadcasting service called "Phonevision." The Phonevision service, an early predecessor to "pay-per-view" television, was developed by the Zenith Radio Corporation and was designed to bring feature-length pictures to television viewers, who paid one dollar for each film they selected. This was the third of four films in which Clark Gable and Lana Turner co-starred.