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In January 1959, Los Angeles Times reported that producer Ivan Foxwell was arranging with Paramount to distribute A Touch of Larceny. Information in the file on the film in the MPAA/PCA collection at the AMPAS Library indicates that Paramount had a pre-production financial investment in the film. The film was shot in March and April 1959 on location in London, Southampton, and on Dubh Sgeir, an island in Scotland's Firth of Lorne, as well as at the Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios in Elstree, England, according to press notes. According to a modern source, the studio wanted David Niven to play the lead, but Foxwell insisted on Mason.