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The working title of this film was The Wall Outside. According to August 1949 Hollywood Reporter news items, RKO head Howard Hughes purchased the rights to a theatrical adaptation of Ketti Frings's screenplay, which was to be produced on Broadway by William Bloomingdale and Hal Roach, Jr. No evidence that the play was ever produced has been found, however. Another Hollywood Reporter news item noted that Hughes bought the film project from Hal Wallis, who reportedly intended it as a vehicle for Barbara Stanwyck. RKO then borrowed star Lizabeth Scott from Wallis' company for the production. In October 1949, Nicholas Ray was announced as the film's probable director.
Jeff Bridges, the son of actors Lloyd Bridges and Dorothy Dean, made his screen debut in the picture. Dean acted in the same sequence as Jeff, as did his brother Beau, marking the first time that the brothers appeared together onscreen. Some scenes were filmed at Union Station in downtown Los Angeles, CA. According to modern sources, the picture lost $315,000 at the box office.