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The working title of this film was The Morgue Is Always Open. According to Hollywood Reporter news items, Marie McDonald was borrowed from Paramount for the production, and Donald Woods, who was originally signed to play "Mike Brooker," was replaced by Robert Lowery when Woods had to drop out of the film because of "previous commitments." According to the MPAA/PCA Collection at the AMPAS Library, a May 24, 1943 version of the script was rejected by the PCA because of the "suggestion of a sex affair" between "Muriel" and "Gerald Messenger," and between "Stella" and "Messenger," and because of the suggestion that Muriel was guilty of bigamy. After a conference between Republic and PCA officials, the story was approved.