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The working title of this film was Hurricane Williams. Although onscreen credits state that the picture was based on a story by Gordon Ray Young, an April 1951 Hollywood Reporter news item announced that the script was to be adapted from Young's "sea stories." According to a January 1952 Los Angeles Times item, the script was based on Young's "novel." Young wrote two novels featuring the "Hurricane Williams" character, the above noted Hurricane Williams and The Vengeance of Hurricane Williams (New York, c1925). It is possible that both books were used as a source for the film. Although the character played by Forrest Tucker is listed as "Dan McGuire" in the CBCS and reviews, he is called "Dan O'Hara" in the film. According to an August 1951 ParNews item, Paulette Goddard originally was to play the female lead in the picture, a "cold-blooded beauty of the South Seas" named "Jeanne Vaughn."