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The working title of this film was Bitter Victory. Dean Martin's onscreen credit appears with the song credit, and is listed as "Sung by Dean Martin." According to a Hollywood Reporter news item, this film was based on an actual event, as related by Frederic M. Loomis in his article in Reader's Digest. According to a Paramount News publicity item, the film was the first Paramount feature to be shot on the just introduced celluloid film stock. According to various news items, Andre de Toth was initially slated to direct the film, and Don DeFore was originally cast as "Bill Prentice." In addition, news items reported that Anne Baxter, Ann Richards and Mickey Knox were cast in the picture. Baxter and Richards did not appear, and Knox's appearance in the final film has not been confirmed. Paid in Full marked Carol Channing's feature film debut.