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The working title of this film was Precinct 33. After the film's opening credits, a written prologue reads, "This is the story of one night in a big city police station-your city or mine-where anything can happen, and very often does-where all kinds of people in every kind of trouble rub shoulders while John Law sorts them out." According to an August 1945 Hollywood Reporter news item, Randolph Scott was originally cast in the lead role. Although Reed Hadley and Henry Morgan are included in the cast by Hollywood Reporter production charts, they do not appear in the completed picture.