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The working title of this film was Flotsam. The film opens with the following written foreword: "When the present rulers of Germany came into power, thousands of people, compelled to take refuge in neighbouring countries, found themselves in the most fantastic dilemma of our times. For they had no passports, those all-important papers which enable a person to enter and remain in a country other than his own. Without passports, these refugees had no legal right to live anywhere. They were forced to keep on the march-an endless march interrupted only by arrest and imprisonment for illegal entry. Then deportation into another country where the same fate awaited them. This is a story of the people without passports. It begins in Vienna in 1937, before the German occupation of Austria." Louis Gruenberg was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Music (Scoring of a Dramatic Picture) for his work on the picture. David L. Loew and Albert Lewin formed their production company in January 1940; this was their first film. So Ends Our Night also marked the first screen credit for producer-director Stanley Kramer.