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The film's working title was Storm Center. On October 20, 1949, Hollywood Reporter reported that Lauren Bacall was suspended by Warner Bros. after she refused the role of "Marsha." The following day, Ginger Rogers was named as star. According to a October 22, 1949 Los Angeles Times article, Bacall stated, "I am neither a puppet nor a chattel of Warner Bros. studio to do with as it sees fit." Shortly afterward, Bacall was released from her contract with the studio. According to Hollywood Reporter, the production began a two-week location shoot at Corona, CA on November 28, 1949. After completing this film, Ronald Reagan left Warner Bros., where he had been under contract since 1937.