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The film's working title was The Octopus and Miss Smith. A September 1948 Los Angeles Examiner news item reported that Bette Davis and Robert Montgomery were to star in the film. Zachary Scott, who is listed as a cast member in early Hollywood Reporter production charts, did not appear in the released film. On May 15, 1950, Lux Radio Theater broadcast a radio version of the film, starring Jane Wyman and Dennis Morgan.