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Voice-over narration by Van Heflin, as his character "Peter Denver," is heard intermittently throughout the film, which also contains numerous flashback sequences. Excerpts of Patrick Quentin's novel appeared in the July 1952 issue of Cosmopolitan. According to contemporary news items, Maggie McNamara was originally cast as "Nanny" but fell ill and was replaced by Peggy Ann Garner. A modern source states that Tallulah Bankhead was originally considered for the part of "Lottie." Although Hollywood Reporter news items include Jimmy Murphy and Steffi Sidney in the cast, their appearance in the completed picture has not been confirmed. According to a June 1954 New York Times article, the picture was partially shot on location in New York City, and the Music Box Theatre was used for the "Copley Theatre," at which "Peter's" play is running.