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This film's pre-production title was Enemy Within. Some sources refer to the film as The Getaway or Getaway. According to Hollywood Reporter news items and production charts, Richard Rosson began direction of the film but left the picture in late April 1941. At that time, Victor Fleming, who was directing The Yearling on location in Florida, requested that Rosson, a noted location and second unit director, join him in Florida (see Note in entry below). Edward Buzzell replaced Rosson on The Get-Away, and is the only person credited onscreen and in reviews.
According to M-G-M publicity materials and Hollywood Reporter production charts, Van Heflin was to have appeared in the role of "Jim Duff," but that part was played by Don Douglas. It is unclear whether Heflin began the role or was replaced prior to the filming of that part. Other news items note that Patrick O'Moore was to be in the cast, but his appearance in the released film has not been confirmed. Actress Donna Reed made her motion picture debut in The Get-Away. Reed, who had just changed her name from Donna Adams, was formerly a student at Los Angeles City College, and remained under contract to M-G-M for several years. In May 1943, the OWI disapproved this picture for export because, "Prisoners are treated brutally. A negro prisoner is killed. Lawlessness throughout."