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The working title of this film was Toilers of the Sea. Although not mentioned in the onscreen credits, some contemporary sources list Victor Hugo's novel Les Travailleurs de la mer (Toilers of the Sea) as a source for the story. Opening credits conclude with the following written statement: "Guernsey in the Channel Islands near the coast of France in the year 1800, where fishermen, prevented by war from following their usual livelihood, turned to other occupations..." According to reviews and news items, most of the film was shot in and around the Channel Islands. Coronado borrowed Yvonne de Carlo from Universal for the production. Producer David E. Rose was managing director and chairman of the board of Coronado, a British company based in both England and the U.S. Modern sources credit Keith Pyott in the role of "General Latour."
Other films based on or inspired by Hugo's novel include the 1918 silent picture Les Travailleurs de la mer, directed by Andr Antoine and starring Romauld Joub and Armand Tallier; the 1923 Selznick release Toilers of the Sea, directed by R. William Neill and starring Lucy Fox and Holmes Herbert (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1921-30); and the 1936 British film, also titled Toilers of the Sea, directed by Selwyn Jepson and Ted Fox and starring Cyril McLaglen and Mary Lawson.