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According to Hollywood Reporter news items, much of the film was shot on location in New York City. Specific locations included the Criminal Courts Building and the Fulton Fish Market. Other news items noted that Larry Keating was being tested for a role, and assistant director Bert Glazer and studio executive J. J. Cohen filled in for director John Sturges when Sturges was ill from a viral infection. According to news items in Variety, New York attorney Gustave B. Garfield claimed that Eleazer Lipsy, who sold his novel to M-G-M for $40,000, had edited Garfield's short story "Murder in Jest," and used it as the basis for his novel. Garfield sued both Lipsky and M-G-M, but the suit was dropped when M-G-M bought the rights to Garfield's story for $5,000. A Lux Radio Theatre adaptation of the film was broadcast on March 9, 1953, starring Walter Pidgeon and Janet Leigh.