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This film's working title was I Murdered a Man. The New York Times reviewer commented on the public's willingness to listen to any courtroom drama because of the publicity surrounding the Hauptmann Trial. One of the most famous criminal trials of the 1930s was that of Bruno Hauptmann for the kidnapping and murder of Charles Lindbergh's two-year-old son in March 1932. The Hauptmann Trial received considerable press until Hauptmann's execution in April 1936.