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The working title of this film was Down Payment. According to a January 1957 Los Angeles Times news item, producer Jerry Wald acquired the rights to John McPartland's novel prior to its publication. The studio's acquisition of the novel boosted interest in the book, causing it to sell out its first printing, according to a September 1957 Hollywood Reporter news item. According to the Daily Variety review, in the novel, the ethnic identity of the family desirous of moving into the housing development was African American, not Japanese as in the film.
As noted in the Los Angeles Times item, Robert Wagner and Ben Gazzara were being considered to play the leads in the film. An April 1957 Los Angeles Examiner news item adds that Dana Wynter was hired for one of the top female roles. Although a Hollywood Reporter production chart places Richard Cutting, Philo McCullough and Edith Claire in the cast, their appearance in the released film has not been confirmed. A May 1957 Hollywood Reporter news item adds silent film director George Melford to the cast, but his appearance in the released film also has not been confirmed.