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Maxwell Shane's credit reads: "Written for the screen and directed by." The film was shot on location in New Orleans, LA. Although the onscreen credits read "Based on the novel by Cornell Woolrich," "Nightmare" was a short story first published in Argosy Magazine in 1941 as "And So to Death" and written by Woolrich under the pseudonym William Irish. The story was retitled "Nightmare" in Woolrich's 1943 collection I Wouldn't Be in Your Shoes and was purchased by Pine-Thomas in 1945. Pine-Thomas went on to produce a film based on the material that was released under the title Fear in the Night and released by Paramount in 1947. That film starred Paul Kelly and DeForest Kelley and was also adapted and directed by Shane. Although the New York Times review states that band leader Billy May appeared in Nightmare as a character named "Louis Simes," May appeared as himself.