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According to a news item in Hollywood Reporter, Lewis E. Lawes's novel was originally bought as a vehicle for James Cagney and John Garfield. A pre-production news item in Hollywood Reporter notes that Humphrey Bogart replaced Cagney so that Cagney could take a vacation. Another news item in Hollywood Reporter adds that William Holden was borrowed from Paramount to appear in this film. Flora Robson, the English actress who played George Raft's mother in the film, was actually 6 years younger than Raft.