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The working titles of the film were The Red Beret and The Big Jump. The order of the opening credits differs slightly from that of the closing credits. A Hollywood Reporter news item from early 1951 indicates that Trevor Howard was to star in the film, while an March 8, 1951 Los Angeles Times item announced John Russell as the film's only American cast member, aside from Alan Ladd. Russell was to play a Canadian paratrooper, but he was not in the released film. Another Hollywood Reporter item in mid-1952 notes that the production was originally set to be co-produced by RKO-Radio Pictures, but a mutual decision by producers Irving Allen and Albert "Cubby" Brocolli and RKO, suspended the contract and the film was then taken to Columbia.