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The working title of this film was Savannah. The film was Paramount's first three-dimensional, Technicolor picture. A May 1953 New York Times article noted that the first ten days of filming was done in 2-D, but that Paramount board chairman Adolph Zukor urged the filmmakers to switch to 3-D to keep up with industry trends. A February 1953 Hollywood Reporter news item announced that an Eastman color negative was being used for 3-D shooting, and Technicolor for 2-D. The Variety review noted that the picture was "tailored for equipment in any theatre." Although reviews indicate that the picture was presented in widescreen, no widescreen process, or ratio, was mentioned. According to the February 1953 Hollywood Reporter item, Paramount had been "given permission" by Technicolor to use the phrase "release prints by Technicolor" in the film's advertising for the first time. The phrase was not used in the film's onscreen credits, but was included frequently in the onscreen credits of later pictures.
According to a February 1952 Hollywood Reporter news item, the film was originally slated as a starring vehicle for Clark Gable and Lana Turner. The same article noted that director Edward Ludwig was to collaborate on the script, but his contribution to the final screenplay has not been confirmed. Hollywood Reporter news items add Emile Meyer, Ethel Sway, Barbara Wilkin, Raoul Freeman, William Hind, Sigrid Aiello, Louise Bates, James Conaty, Kay Garrett, Patti McKaye, Ruth Packard and Les O'Pace to the cast, but their appearance in the final film has not been confirmed. Sangaree was the first of two films in which Arlene Dahl and Fernando Lamas, who were married to each other from 1954-1960, appeared together.