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The working titles of this film were Mortal Coils and Vengeance. The film's title card reads: "Aldous Huxley's A Woman's Vengeance. According to production notes, Huxley's short story was inspired by an actual murder trial, in which a Welsh barrister was acquitted of the poison murder of his wife. Portions of the film were shot on location at the Riviera Country Club in Santa Monica, California. Charles Boyer and Ann Blyth repeated their performances in a Lux Radio Theatre broadcast of A Woman's Vengeance on March 22, 1948. Aldous Huxley wrote and produced a play based on his short story, The Giaconda Smile, which opened in London in June 1948, starring Clive Brooks as "Henry Maurier" and Pamela Brown as "Janet Spence."