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Working titles for this film were Undesirable Lady and Burnt Offering. According to Fox publicity material, actor Melvyn Douglas was originally cast in the role played by Paul Lukas. The publicity material also notes that the ship appearing in the film as the African coast steamer was the Playa Ensenada, a former "mystery ship" used during the war to track down enemy submarines, and was once owned by world heavy-weight boxing champion Jack Dempsey. According to the file for the film in the Twentieth Century-Fox Records of the Legal Department at the UCLA Theater Arts Library, when Fox applied for a certificate to reissue the film, the Hays Office wrote that "the picture contains the element of the wife's adultery, apparently without the proper compensating moral values," and suggested that the studio withdraw its request. Modern sources indicate that filming took place on Santa Catalina Island, CA.