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The working title for this film was Pylon. According to a February 25, 1957 Hollywood Reporter news item, some scenes were shot on location in San Diego, CA. In a modern source, director Douglas Sirk asserted that he wanted to shoot the film in color, but Universal would not allow it because they did not "trust the story." The Tarnished Angels was the second film directed by Sirk that starred Rock Hudson, Robert Stack and Dorothy Malone, and was the seventh and final film collaboration between Sirk and Hudson for Universal. Hollywood Reporter news items add the following members to the cast: Helene Marshall, Jack LaRue, Diana Darrin and June McCall, but their appearance in the final film has not been confirmed. Modern sources add Tom Shaw (Production Manager) to the crew.