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According to a January 1949 Hollywood Reporter news item, M-G-M paid $200,000 for a package that included the services of freelance producer Z. Wayne Griffin, the rights to Albert Beich's original story and a completed screenplay by Robert Riley Crutcher. A March 1949 Hollywood Reporter news item indicates that Mervyn LeRoy was originally set to direct the picture. The film marked the final screen appearance of actor Frank Morgan, who died on September 18, 1949, shortly after completing his work on this film. Location shooting took place at Terminal Island, CA and background footage was filmed in San Francisco.
Director George Sidney had a brief appearance in the film, playing a taxi driver. This was the second and last film that co-starred Clark Gable and Loretta Young. Their first film was the 1935 Twentieth Century picture Call of the Wilde (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1931-40; F3.0568).