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The working title of the film was Too Many Tears. Roy Huggins' novel was serialized in The Saturday Evening Post (19 April-24 May 1947). According to a New York Times news item dated June 6, 1948, Hunt Stromberg's deal to produce this film was to be "unique in Republic's history, since Republic, itself, is a distributing company and yet it will, in effect, be producing a picture for U.A. release." Stromberg borrowed Lizabeth Scott, Kristine Miller, Don Defore and director Byron Haskin from independent producer Hal Wallis for the production. In June 1948, Daily Variety reported that Wendell Corey and Kirk Douglas were scheduled to appear in the cast, but they did not appear in the released film. Hollywood Reporter production charts add John Bromfield to the cast, but he was not in the released film.