This movie was Robert Mitchum's chance to branch out into new roles. Soon after this film was released, he was convicted on a (now minor) drug charge. He as kept on a "tight leash" afterward by the studio.
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Janet Leigh got this part while under contract with MGM. Howard Hughes owned RKO and was smitten with Janet, so had MGM "Loan her out". JHowever, Janet was falling in love with (and later married) Tony Curtis. Howard Hughes never "borrowed" Janet again.
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