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The working title of this film was East Is East. As noted in May 1951 Hollywood Reporter news item, popular Japanese actress Shirley Yamaguchi, who made her American film debut in Japanese War Bride, initially encountered difficulties obtaining permission to enter the country to work on the film. In late May the State Department issued her a thirteen-week work permit. Hollywood Reporter production charts list the actress as Yoshiko Yamaguchi, and note that portions of the picture were filmed in Salinas, CA. According to a June 1952 Hollywood Reporter news item, a $75,000 plagiarism suit was filed against Twentieth Century-Fox, Bernhard Productions, and writers Anson Bond and Catherine Turney in May 1952 by Harold Nebenzal, who alleged that the story of the film was "lifted" from a treatment that he had submitted to Bernhard, through Bond, in 1949. The outcome of the suit is not known.