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The working title of this film was Prisoners of Hope. Hollywood Reporter news items report the following information about the production: Joel McCrea and Franchot Tone were initially slated for the role of "Merek Vance," and Veronica Lake was considered for the role of "Janice Blair." This marked Alan Ladd's first film appearance following his discharge from the U.S. Army and the film debut of actress Doris Dowling (1923-2004). Olivia De Havilland starred with John Lund in a Lux Radio Theatre broadcast of the story on June 10, 1946.