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The film opens with the following lines from a sonnet by John Donne, "I runne to death, and death meets me as fast, and all my pleasures are like yesterday." Hollywood Reporter news items yield the following information about the film's production: In November 1942, DeWitt Bodeen was assigned to write the screenplay. By late February 1943, writer Charles O'Neal was added to the project to hasten the start of the film's production. Jacques Tourneur, who had worked successfully with producer Val Lewton on three previous films, was intially slated to direct the film, but when he was re-assigned to another project, film editor Mark Robson was promoted to director and assigned to the film. The girls' seminary scene in the film was shot on the same set as RKO's 1942 picture Magnificent Ambersons. The film marked actress Kim Hunter's screen debut. Although the Variety review lists the character played by Hugh Beaumont as "Gregory Stone," he is called "Gregory Ward" in the film.