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The working title of this film was The Most Dangerous Game. According to a pre-production news item in Hollywood Reporter, the film was originally to star John Loder and June Duprez, who were teamed in RKO's 1945 film The Brighton Strangler. Duprez was forced to drop out of the project because of a previous commitment to appear in the 1945 Twentieth Century-Fox film And Then There Were None. Although a Hollywood Reporter production chart places Larry Wheat in the cast, his participation in the released film has not been confirmed.
Other films based on Richard Edward Connell's short story are the 1932 RKO film The Most Dangerous Game, directed by Ernest B. Schoedsack and Irving Pichel and starring Joel McCrea and Fay Wray (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1931-40; F3.2962) and the 1956 United Artists film Run for the Sun, directed by Roy Boulting and starring Richard Widmark and Jane Greer.