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According to Harrrison's Reports, the book that was the basis of this film was Max Miller's autobiography, which covered his life as a reporter on the San Diego waterfront. Harrrison's Reports commented that the original "sketchy" story was "not suitable for a picture" and did not have the love story that was at the center of the film. This was the last film of Ernest Torrence, who died before its release. The song "I Cover the Waterfront," written by John W. Green and Edward Heyman, while not in the film, was a big hit. A film based on the same source, entitled Secret of Deep Harbor, was made in 1961 by Harvard Film Corp. and released by United Artists Corp. (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1961-70; F6.4321).