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This film marked Marlene Dietrich's return to the American screen after three years spent entertaining American soldiers overseas. In 1946, she appeared in a French film with Jean Gabin called Martin Roumagnac. According to Paramount press releases, Dietrich learned the cymbalom, or Hungarian zither, in order to accompany her singing in the film. In addition, her hair was dyed black and her skin made to appear darker for the film. As noted in Hollywood Reporter, costumer Mary Kay Dodson collected three-hundred old European coins from Hollywood antique shops for one of Dietrich's costumes. According to modern sources, although Abraham Polonsky received a co-writer credit, none of his screenplay was used in the final film. The Black Forest scenes were shot around Portland and Bend, OR in July 1946. The film marked the motion picture debut of actor Mervyn Vye. Quentin Reynolds, who appears as himself in the film, was a prominent news correspondent.