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The opening credits include the following onscreen dedication: "Acknowledgment is made to the authorities of the Protectorate of Morocco and to His Excellency, Hadj Thami el Messouari el Glaoui, Pacha of Marrakech, for their generous cooperation, which made this production possible." Although Hollywood Reporter production charts list Stanley Goldsmith as assistant director, a March 6, 1953 Hollywood Reporter news item credits him with being the film's unit manager; it has not been determined whether Goldsmith served in both capacities.
Saadia was shot on location in Marrakech, French Morocco. An April 1953 Hollywood Reporter news item includes British actor David Hurst in the cast, but his appearance in the final film has not been confirmed. According to a July 2, 1953 Hollywood Reporter news item, French actor Michel Simon, who portrayed "Bou Rezza," was given co-star billing in France and all French-speaking areas. Saadia was Simon's first American film. A January 1954 Hollywood Reporter news item reports that Saadia was scheduled for January 14, 1954 "test engagements" in Dayton, OH; Norfolk and Richmond, VA; and Syracuse, NY.