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According to a letter in the file on the film in the MPAA/PCA Collection at the AMPAS Library, while Samuel Bischoff was a producer at Columbia in 1945, he submitted an early manuscript of Jay Dratler's novel, then entitled "Husbands Die First," for evaluation. He was informed that it could not be approved under the provisions of the Production Code. Regal Films Inc. was an independent company owned by Bischoff that was incorporated in 1947. Dick Powell was on the company's board of directors. A November 1947 Hollywood Reporter news item reported that director Andre de Toth was negotiating for Mexican star Esther Fernndez to appear in Pitfall. A radio adaptation of Pitfall, starring Powell, Jane Wyatt and Raymond Burr, and hosted by de Toth, was broadcast on Screen Director's Playhouse on October 17, 1948. Powell and Lizabeth Scott reprised their roles in a Lux Radio Theatre broadcast of the story on November 8, 1948.