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The working title of this film was Charmaine. According to a May 1951 Hollywood Reporter news item, the film was originally to be a musical with Micheline Prelle starring as "Charmaine." Although contemporary sources reported that the song "Charmaine," written by Erno Rapee and Lew Pollack, was to be sung in the film by Dan Dailey and James Cagney, it appears only as background music in the completed picture. ["Charmaine" was an important part of the score for the 1926 version of What Price Glory.] A number of other songs announced for inclusion in the picture also did not appear in the released film. According to modern sources, Cagney signed on as a cast member in the belief that the picture was to be a musical, but director John Ford, who had directed the play in Hollywood in 1949, did not want to turn the material into a musical. Modern sources also note that Ford had hoped to cast John Wayne, who had appeared in the 1949 run of the play, in the picture. Although Hollywood Reporter news items include the following actors in the cast, their appearance in the completed picture has not been confirmed: Bill Scully, Mae Marsh and Walter Vernon, the father of Wally Vernon. Contemporary sources note that the picture was partially shot on location at the Marine base in Camp Pendleton, CA.
A modern source includes Paul Guilfoyle in the cast, but he was not in the viewed print. The picture marked the screen debut of Marisa Pavan, who was the twin sister of actress Pier Angeli. Fox Film Corp. first filmed Maxwell Anderson and Laurence Stallings' play in 1926. The earlier version was directed by Raoul Walsh and starred Victor McLaglen, Edmund Lowe and Dolores Del Rio. McLaglen and Lowe reprised their roles for Fox in three sequels featuring the characters of "Flagg" and "Quirt": the 1929 picture The Cock-Eyed World, directed by Raoul Walsh; the 1931 film Women of All Nations, also directed by Walsh; and the 1933 release Hot Pepper, directed by John Blystone (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1921-30 and AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1931-40). Although a January 20, 1947 Los Angeles Times news item reported that independent production company Enterprise was interested in acquiring the property as a starring vehicle for William Conrad, that production was never realized.