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The working title of the film, One Too Many Mornings, was based on the Bob Dylan song heard over the opening credits. Although there is a 1970 copyright statement on the film to Duque Films and Gunther Collins, the film was not registered for copyright. The film begins and ends with the same scene of "Jud Carney" driving a sports car at dawn, pulling over to the roadside and screaming in despair. The portion of the story that features Jud wandering around Los Angeles is presented in multiple split screens. Throughout the film, brief flashbacks detail Jud's war-time experiences. Jud marked the feature film debut of Playboy model Claudia Jennings.
A March 1970 Variety news item stated that the producers hoped to premiere Jud at the Marine base at Camp Pendleton, CA. Instead, according to a March 1971 Variety article, the film had its premiere in Atlanta, GA, sponsored by the city's chapter of the City of Hope organization. The same article stated that star Joseph Kaufmann served a tour of duty in Vietnam and turned to acting after an unsuccessful attempt at a singing career. Kaufmann had previously appeared in Dalton Trumbo's controversial anti-war film, Johnny Got His Gun. Jud was filmed on location in Los Angeles.