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According to a July 1945 Hollywood Reporter news item, Twentieth Century-Fox purchased the rights to Elizabeth Janeway's novel for $100,000, intending to star Gene Tierney in the title role. By January 1946, a Hollywood Reporter news item announced that Jennifer Jones was being sought to star in the film. According to publicity materials contained in the film's production files at the AMPAS Library, Joan Crawford wanted to buy the rights to the novel for herself, but Fox purchased them before she had a chance to bid. According to materials contained in the Twentieth Century-Fox Produced Scripts Collection, located at the UCLA Arts-Special Collections Library, Margaret Buell Wilder and Ted Sills wrote an incomplete first draft of the screenplay in August 1945. In May 1947, Ring Lardner, Jr. was hired to revise David Hertz's screenplay, but the extent of their contributions to the final screenplay has not been determined. According to materials in the files on the film at the MPAA/PCA Collections at the AMPAS Library, the PCA was concerned about the film's "lack of regard for the sanctity of marriage." To ameliorate the situation, the studio was instructed to "avoid any inference of illicit sex" and to emphasize the "wrongness" of "Dan" and "Daisy's" relationship. The PCA also suggested a reunion between Dan and "Lucile."
According to other materials contained in the Produced Scripts Collection, exteriors were filmed at the Greenwich Theatre in New York. Margaret Brayton was hired to play a secretary, but her appearance in the released film has not been confirmed. Marian Mitchell, who worked as Crawford's art coach on the production, was a well-known artist, according to a June 1947 Hollywood Reporter news item. Crawford was borrowed from Warner Bros. to appear in the picture. A modern source states that Fernando Lamas appears as one of the men at the Stork Club bar. On April 5, 1948, Lux Radio Theatre broadcast a radio version of Janeway's novel, starring Ida Lupino and Dana Andrews.