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According to the Twentieth Century-Fox Records of the Legal Department at the UCLA Theater Arts Library, Schuyler E. Grey, who had "considerable influence with the Coast Guard," gave "suggestions as to background, accessibility of facilities and verity of given incidents," but did not claim "authorship or co-authorship of the manuscript or any of the literary material used as the basis for the final production." Other authors listed in the legal records who worked on scripts for the film, but whose contributions were not in the completed picture, are: George Brooks, Elliot J. Clawson, Tom J. Geraghty, Andrew Bennison, Paul Hervey Fox and Malcolm Stuart Boylan. According to a New York Times article, the picture was shot on location in Monterey, CA. Another New York Times article reported that newspaperman Patterson McNutt, who became a scriptwriter later in the 1930s, was on the set and offered suggestions during the filming of some of the scenes.