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Hollywood Reporter news items and the Paramount Collection at the AMPAS Library provide the following information about the production: Oscar Levant was originally cast in this film, but withdrew because shooting was postponed and he had conflicting commitments. Rita Hayworth was also initially cast in this film. After Levant's departure, production was delayed by a year and a half. Technical advisors Charles Wall and Edward Sanell worked for the New York Tunnel Authority. Paramount production notes indicate that the New York Tunnel Authority allowed Paramount to use the blueprints for the subway tunnel running from Brooklyn to the Battery. This film was nominated for an Academy Award in the category of Best Art Direction/Interior Decoration (black & white), Hans Dreier, Robert Usher/Sam Comer.