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The working titles of this film were The Frightened Stiff and No. 13 Gay Street. Kelley Roos's novel was originally published under the title Body in the Garden in American Magazine (Aug 1942). According to a pre-production news item in Hollywood Reporter, Columbia paid $6,000 for the rights to Roos's story. Although a Hollywood Reporter production chart places Frank Sully in the cast, his appearance in the released film has not been confirmed. On April 19, 1943, Lux Radio Theatre broadcast a radio version of Roos's story starring Ann Sothern and Robert Young.