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The working title of this film was Purple Like Grapes. Elick Moll's book first appeared as a novelette in Cosmopolitan in June 1949 under the title "Purple Like Grapes." In February 1950 Los Angeles Times reported that after co-writing the screenplay with Frank Partos, Moll wrote a novelization of the screenplay, which was published in book form as Night Without Sleep. The Los Angeles Times news item also announced that Edmund Goulding had been named to direct the picture. According to a August 3, 1949 Hollywood Reporter news item, Tyrone Power was originally set as the picture's star, and Susan Hayward was under consideration for one of the female leads. On November 4, 1949, Los Angeles Examiner reported that Richard Basehart would play the male lead. Although a April 15, 1952 Hollywood Reporter news item includes Harry Carter, Harold Miller, Richard Gordon and Sayre Dearing in the cast, their appearance in the completed picture has not been confirmed.