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According to a 1946 Hollywood Reporter news item, the story on which this film was based was originally purchased by RKO and set for Nat Holt to produce. A 1947 Variety news item notes that the story was later sold to Marathon Pictures. Contemporary sources indicate that James Poe's story was based on his personal experiences as a March of Time photographer. Hollywood Reporter news items also note that this film marked the screen debut of Richard Kollmar, radio's "Boston Blackie." The film was shot entirely in New York City, where backgrounds, as identified by the New York Times review, included East River Drive and the Ninety-first Street seaplane landing.