powered by AFI
The film's working title was Death on a Side Street. The film begins with the following quotation from "Song of a Fatalist": "Waste no moment, nor a single breath; In fearful flight from death: For no matter the tears that May be wept, The appointment will be kept..." The author of this poem has not been determined. One Way Stret was the first U.S. film of Argentine director Hugo Fregonese. Mexican Vice Consul Ernesto Romero acted as technical advisor on the film. According to studio production notes, an entire "Mexican" village was built on the Universal-International lot. Rodolfo Acosta, Emma Roldan and Margarito Luna were all Mexican actors.
Popular character actor James Best, who appeared briefly in an uncredited role as a "Driver," made his motion picture debut in One Way Street. A Hollywood Citizen-News article reported that screenwriter Louise Rousseau sued Universal-International for $150,000, claiming that One Way Street incorporated material from her original story entitled "Haunted Heart." The final outcome of the suit has not been determined.