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Voice-over narration is heard at the beginning of the film, describing the New York setting and introducing some of the story's "colorful" characters. A June 1952 Los Angeles Examiner item announced that Robert Baker would be writing the film's screenplay with James Allardice, but only Allardice received onscreen credit. Baker's contribution to the final film, if any, has not been determined. According to an August 1953 Hollywood Reporter news item, producers Hal B. Wallis and Joseph H. Hazen made the film independently, before a distributor was in place. In late June 1953, Wallis and Hazen dissolved their company, Hal Wallis Productions, through which they had made many films for Paramount release. Hollywood Reporter news items add B. S. Pulley, William Fawcett, Juanita Bredt, Zona Fe, Ruth Gills, Kanza Omar, Suzanne Ridgeway, Jackie Shields and Anne Toth to the cast, but their appearance in the final film has not been confirmed.