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The working title of this film was The Girl from Leningrad, which was also the title of the Artkino production, starring Zoya Fyodorova, on which the film's story was based. Pre-production Hollywood Reporter news items yield the following information about the production: In September 1942, M-G-M was negotiating to buy the rights to the Russian film from Gregory Rabinovich and Eugene Frenke. At that time, Michele Morgan and Greta Garbo were considered for the leads and Gregory Ratoff was mentioned as director. A week later, Frenke decided to produce the film himself and so withdrew from negotiations with M-G-M. At that time, Igor Vushenko and E. Stork were announced as screenwriters, but the extent of their contribution to the released film has not been determined. Although a December 1942 news item noted that Rabinovich was withdrawing from the production of the film and would retain only a financial interest, this May have not been the final case as he was credited onscreen as producer.
In January 1943, Maria Manton, Akim Tamiroff, Leonid Kinskey, Tamara Shayne, E. Grusskin, Melva Doney and Diane Duval were announced as members of the cast, but their appearance in the released film has not been confirmed. In another Hollywood Reporter news item, Doney's name was written as "Zona Doney" and Duval's was written as "Diana Duvall." In May 1943, producer Gregor Rabinovitch was reportedly seeking Luise Rainer to play the starring role. Mimi Forsaythe replaced Oona O'Neill Chaplin as "Tamara" and Manart Kippen replaced Leo Bulgakov as "Misha" in July 1943. A July 26, 1943 news item adds Patty Pope to the cast, but her appearance in the released film has not been confirmed. Another late July 1943 news item noted that Artkino provided Rabinovitch with 500,000 feet of actual battle scenes filmed on the war front by Soviet cameramen. According to the Hollywood Reporter review, the battle scenes and ski sequences in this film were excerpted from the Artkino film The Girl from Leningrad. The picture was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Score. The titles of songs included in the film have not been determined.