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The working title of this film was For All We Know. According to Hollywood Reporter news items, producers Charles Boyer and Julien Duvivier entered into an agreement to produce Flesh and Fantasy for Universal in early June 1942. This production was to be the first film in a two-picture deal between Boyer and the studio. Flesh and Fantasy was one of a number of all-star omnibus films produced by Hollywood studios in the 1940s. Duvivier had directed one such film in 1942 for Twentieth Century-Fox, Tales of Manhattan, which also starred Boyer and Edgar G. Robinson . Flesh and Fantasy originally contained a fourth episode, which was cut from the film and later expanded into the 1944 Universal feature-length film, Destiny (see entry above).
According to Hollywood Reporter news items, actors Charles Laughton, Adolphe Menjou, Deanna Durbin and Greta Garbo were unsuccessfully sought for roles in Flesh and Fantasy. Hollywood Reporter production charts include Acquanetta in the cast, but she did not appear in the released film. Hollywood Reporter news items also report that Stanley Cortez, the director of photography on the Edward G. Robinson episode of Flesh and Fantasy, was replaced by Paul Ivano for subsequent filming when producer David O. Selznick, to whom Cortez was under contract, recalled the cinematographer to work on the 1942 Charles R. Rogers production, The Powers Girl . Modern sources state, however, that Cortez left Flesh and Fantasy a few weeks into production because of his disagreement with Duvivier over the cinematographer's slow shooting pace. According to Hollywood Reporter, shooting was stopped on the Charles Boyer-Barbara Stanwyck episode in early September 1942 when Duvivier became ill with bronchitis. Modern sources report that after being down two days, production resumed on September 4, 1942, with Henry Koster directing. Duvivier then returned to the director's chair the next day. According to New York Times, Flesh and Fantasy was among the first American films shown in Germany upon the conclusion of World War II.
Modern sources add the following to the crew credits: Assistant Director Phil Bowles; Camera Operator William Dodds, Len Powers and Carl Webster; Sd tech William Fox and Jack Bolger ; Props Leigh Carson and Robert Laszlo; and Stunts Sailor Vincent, George Suzanne and Carey Loftin. Modern sources add Ann Shoemaker, Eddie Kaul and John Burton to the cast. Modern sources also report that Boyer received $125,000 to co-produce and co-star in Flesh and Fantasy, while Stanwyck and Robinson received $50,000 each for appearing in the film.