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In the film's opening credits, the screenwriters are listed as "John and Gwen Bagni." According to a September 1952 Hollywood Reporter news item, Susan Cabot was originally cast as "Maria Durling," but dental surgery caused her to be replaced by Ruth Hampton. Although a Hollywood Reporter news item adds Clayton Moore to the cast, he was not in the released film. Universal made two earlier adaptations of William R. Burnett's book, Saint Johnson, both entitled Law and Order. The 1932 version was directed by Tom Reed, adapted by John Huston and starred Walter Huston; the 1940 film was directed by Ray Taylor and starred Johnny Mack Brown (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1931-40).