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The working title of this film was The Sword of Damascus. According to an October 1952 Los Angeles Times article, Universal originally sought to borrow Farley Granger, who had been suspended from Samuel Goldwyn, for the role of "Harun." The November 14, 1952 Hollywood Reporter production chart credits Emrich Nicholson as art director, but he was apparently replaced by Eric Orbom; the extent of Nicholson's contribution to the final film is not known. A November 1952 Hollywood Reporter news item lists real-life wrestlers Sammy Stein, Chester Hayes, Vic Holbrook, Hans Schnabel and Tom Rinestro as wrestlers in the film, but the viewed version contained no wrestling scenes, and their appearance in the final film has not been confirmed.