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The working title of this film was Murder at Harvard. The following written acknowledgment appears in the onscreen credits: "Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer wishes to thank the president and fellows of Harvard College for their generous cooperation in the making of this motion picture." The film marked the initial production effort of Frank Taylor, a former literary editor at Random House. An August 1949 Hollywood Reporter news item announced that Joseph Losey was originally set to direct the film. A October 4, 1949 Daily Variety news item notes that Harold Kress was to direct the picture. Some filming took place in Boston, MA, and at the Harvard University campus in Cambridge, MA. Although an October 1949 Daily Variety news item notes that Johnny Indrisano was to appear, his participation in the released film has not been confirmed. The film was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Motion Picture Story.