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This film marked Paul Henreid's debut as a producer-director. Although most sources, including the onscreen credits, refer to the production company as H-N Productions, which was co-owned by Henreid and the Nassour Brothers, some pre-production sources use the name Paul Henreid/Nassour Brothers Productions. Although the onscreen credits claim For Men Only marked the debuts of Kathleen Hughes, Russell Johnson, Vera Miles and Robert Sherman, and Hollywood Reporter news item add Margaret Field to the list, only Johnson made his first feature film appearance in the picture. Other Hollywood Reporter news items add Bambi Lynn, Margie Wilson, Darr Smith and Louis Cutelli to the cast, but their appearance in the final film has not been confirmed. According to various Hollywood Reporter news items, locations were scouted in San Diego, Colorado Springs, Denver, Reno and the KTTV Studios in Los Angeles, but the film was eventually shot at the General Service Studios and Los Angeles City College.
The Hollywood Reporter review called the picture "an example of the enterprise and ingenuity that are needed in the field" of independent film. An April 1952 Hollywood Reporter article reported that the picture did mild business because women felt ignored by the title, forcing the distributors to pull the film and rename it Time for Men Only. According to a May 1953 Daily Variety item, the film had recently been renamed The Tall Lie and Kathleen Hughes's billing elevated to co-star status.