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Although Hollywood Reporter news items include Susan Morrow and Herbert Deans in the cast of this film, their appearance in the completed picture has not been confirmed. Fritz Feld is also included in the cast by a Hollywood Reporter news item, but does not appear in the released film. According to a August 14, 1952 Los Angeles Times news item, locations for the film included the Griffith Park Zoo, the West Los Angeles jail and producer Bert E. Friedlob's own home in Los Angeles, CA. A January 1953 Daily Variety item reported that, in an unusual advertising stunt, Friedlob had "earmarked $1,000 for a telephone ballyhoo bombardment here to hypo the film at the box office" and had seven women calling "all residences in Greater Los Angeles" to publicize the picture.
Bette Davis received an Academy Award nomination for Best Actress, but lost to Shirley Booth, who was nominated for her role in Come Back, Little Sheba. Ida Lupino and Edmond O'Brien starred in a radio broadcast of The Star for Lux Radio Theatre on April 19, 1954, and Mary Astor and William Hopper appeared in the Lux Video Theatre version of the story on February 9, 1956. The Star marked actress June Travis' first film appearance since the 1938 Republic production Federal Man-Hunt (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1931-40).