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Hollywood Reporter reported in November 1951 that Frederick de Cordova, who had collaborated with Yvonne De Carlo three times previously, was to direct Scarlet Angel, but Sidney Salkow was announced as his replacement the next day. The role of "Norton Wade" marked the return to the screen of Whitfield Connor after four years of radio, television and theater work. Much of the film was shot on location in San Francisco. According to another Hollywood Reporter news item, Steve Darrell was cast as the sheriff, but his appearance in the final film has not been confirmed. Although the New York Times reviewer compared Scarlet Angel to Universal's 1941 film The Flame of New Orleans, the picture bears more resemblance to the 1950 Paramount film No Man of Her Own, which was directed by Mitchell Leisen and starred Barbara Stanwyck as a woman who takes on the identity of a dead woman and is embraced by the family of her late husband (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1941-50).