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Hollywood Reporter news items reported the following about the production: Actor Erich von Stroheim was initially cast as "Rheinhardt," but withdrew from the film due to a prior commitment to Paramount's film Five Graves to Cairo. Technical advisor Alexander Hackenschmid, a Czechoslovakian director and cameraman, was a war refugee at the time this film was made. Footage of Prague, shot six years earlier for Paramount's film Bluebeard's Eighth Wife (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1931-40; F3.00405), was used for background shots in the film. Reviews of Hostages were generally unfavorable, as the New York Times noted that "Paramount's collaborators have allowed the fine irony of an interesting idea to sift through their fingers. What remains is no more than a conventional film about the underground movement." The Los Angeles Examiner review stated: "Hostages...is nothing less than plain Communism masquerading under the guise of Czech patriotism....We would review the book in its native Czech-only we do not know the Czech word for HOOEY."