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The working title of this film was Dance with the Devil. According to a pre-production news item in Hollywood Reporter, Fox considered borrowing George Raft from Warners to appear in this film. According to the Twentieth Century-Fox Produced Scripts Collection at the UCLA Theater Arts Library, Darryl Zanuck directed that the father-son slant of the story be developed more and suggested Moroni Olsen for the role of McLaughlin and Ernest Truex for that of Brennan. In 1941, Burgess Meredith, Edward Arnold and Dorothy Lamour starred in a Lux Radio Theater version of this story.