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The film opens with the following written prologue: "There are three things you cannot hide; Love-Smoke-And a man riding on a camel-An old Arabian proverb." A June 1944 Hollywood Reporter news item indicates that Irene Dunne was slated to star in the film opposite Walter Pidgeon. According to the CBCS, actor Nicholas Joy was originally cast in the part played by Lionel Barrymore. A late September 1946 Hollywood Reporter news item noted that scenes featuring Barrymore were filmed one month after principal shooting was completed. A Lux Radio Theatre version of the story, starring Pidgeon and Deborah Kerr, was broadcast on October 25, 1948.