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The working title of this film was A Woman's World. In the opening credits, the singing group The Four Aces is billed as "Four Aces." After the end credits, a written epilogue reads: "The advance-design motor vehicles, styling models and other materials shown in this production were made available through the courtesy of the Ford Division, Lincoln-Mercury Division and Engineering Staff of the Ford Motor Company." According to a February 2, 1954 Daily Variety news item, co-screenwriter Claude Binyon was originally set to direct the picture, but was replaced by Jean Negulesco. On February 14, 1954, New York Times reported that Eleanor Parker, Glenn Ford and Charlton Heston were in the film's cast. April 1954 Hollywood Reporter news items announced that Gloria Grahame and Jean Peters were to be in the cast, and that "the highest budget ever set by Twentieth Century-Fox on a modern drama-3.25 million dollars" had been approved by production chief Darryl F. Zanuck. According to studio publicity, Peters fell ill with the flu and was replaced by Arlene Dahl.
Although a June 22, 1954 Hollywood Reporter news item reported that Gene Tierney would be appearing in the picture as a movie star besieged by autograph seekers at the 21 Club, that scene does not appear in the finished picture. The news item also stated that the role had been offered to Tierney after it was turned down by Marilyn Monroe, who was committed to another picture. Other Hollywood Reporter news items noted that background sequences and second unit footage were shot on location in New York City. The picture marked the last film Cornel Wilde made for Twentieth Century-Fox under his long-term contract with the studio.