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The working title of this film was Cult of the Serpent. The film begins with the following written foreword: "Slender hangs illusion, fragile the thread to reality. Always the question: Is it true? Truth is in the mind and the mind of man varies with time and place. The time is 1945. The place is Asia." According to an April 1954 Daily Variety news item, William Alland was originally hired to produce the film. Although an October 1954 Hollywood Reporter news item identifies the film's first locale as Burma (now Myanmar), in the picture the setting is referred to only as "Asia." As noted in the Daily Variety review, whenever "Lisa" transforms into a cobra, the camera assumes the snake's point of view.