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The working titles of this film were Paris Story, Boulevard in Paris and Sacred and Profane. The cast members are listed in slightly different order in the opening and closing credits. Early Hollywood Reporter production charts include French actor Jean Gabin in the cast, but he was not in the film. A September 14, 1952 item in Hollywood Reporter's "Rambling Reporter" column suggested that Claude Dauphin would be cast in the role intended for Gabin. According to 24 September Hollywood Reporter and Daily Variety news items, director Mitchell Leisen became ill during filming and was replaced by Richard Thorpe. Portions of the film were shot on location in Paris.