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The working title of this film was Spring Kill. According to August 1949 Hollywood Reporter and December 1950 Los Angeles Times news items, the film is based on a novel of the same name by Guy Endore; however, further information about the novel was not found. A December 1951 Los Angeles Times news item states that Burt Lancaster was originally announced as the male lead. February 1951 Hollywood Reporter news items add Michael McHale and Lora Dunne to the cast, but their appearance in the finished film has not been confirmed. Portions of the film were shot on location at the Warner Ranch in Calabasas, CA, according to February 1951 Hollywood Reporter news items.
Several scenes were shot at locations along Ventura Boulevard in the San Fernando Valley, according to Warner Bros. publicity material and a February 1951 Hollywood Reporter news item. Locations in El Centro, CA, were also considered, according to a December Hollywood Reporter news item, but it has not been determined that shooting actually took place there. Warner Bros. publicity material states that Steve Cochran fractured his leg filming the fight scene with Hugh Sanders during the first week of production, and after a short hospital stay, wore a cast for two weeks. The Variety review stated that final scenes were reshot after the film's preview.