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The working title of the film was The Charming Matt Saxon. According to a Hollywood Reporter news item, Cary Grant was originally considered for the role of "Matt Saxon." Actress Audrey Totter was borrowed from M-G-M for the production, according to Hollywood Reporter. Although Hollywood Reporter news items and production charts include Sam Levene in the cast of The Saxon Charm, he did not appear in the released film. According to Universal press materials, the film's yacht sequence was filmed off the coast of Catalina Island, and a portrait of Susan Hayward was painted especially for this film by noted Los Angeles artist Laure De Zarete.