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The working title of this film was Kansas City 117. A written foreword notes that the story deals with a supposedly "...'perfect crime,' the true solution of which is not entered in any case history, and could well be entitled 'Kansas City Confidential.'" This was the only film made by production company Associated Players and Producers, which was owned by Edward Small, Sam Briskin and Sol Lesser. Hollywood Reporter news items note that much of the film was shot on location in Guatemala, Tijuana and Catalina Island in southern California. According to a February 1953 Hollywood Citizen-News article, an entertainer named Tony Romano sued United Artists, Associated Players and Producers, and Small for $600,000 for the "public scorn and ridicule" he suffered after they used his name to portray a "gangster, convicted felon and three-time loser." The disposition of the suit is not known.