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A working title of the film was Apartment for Susie. According to documents in the Twentieth Century-Fox Records of the Legal Department and the Twentieth Century-Fox Produced Scripts Collection at the UCLA Arts-Special Collections Library, the studio purchased rights to Faith Baldwin's novelette in April 1947 for $10,000. Exteriors were shot at the University of Nevada, in Reno, in early February 1948. The legal records suggest that the production May have taken a hiatus for two to three weeks in January. Griff Barnett replaced Lee J. Cobb in the role of "Dr. Philip Conway."
Sequences featuring Ray Walker as the manager of the used car lot and Crystal Reeves as a librarian appear to have been shot but were eliminated from the final film. For the production, Mozart's Clarinet Quintet was rearranged for a sextet by Edward Powell and Urban Thielman, with a flute playing the clarinet part. A radio adaptation of the screenplay was performed twice on Lux Radio Theatre, first on February 28, 1949 with Jeanne Crain, William Holden and Edmund Gwenn, and on December 4, 1950 with Crain and William Lundigan. Versions were also broadcast on the Screen Directors' Playhouse on September 2, 1949 and on Screen Guild Players on May 31, 1951.