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The film's working title was The Headline Story. According to reviews and a April 1, 1951 Daily Variety news item, the film was shot at the Hal Roach Studies in early 1950 under the auspices of the motion picture division of the General Motors Corp. The item went on to report that the film cost between $150,000 and $200,000 to produce and was "first of auto-maker's program of 'Public Service Productions.'" No specific mention was made of General Motors in the film and only one scene included a prominent General Motors car, the Cadillac driven by "John MacFarland." An undated 1951 M-G-M press release noted that the studio had acquired worldwide distribution rights for the picture, which writer-director Arthur Pierson made for Wolverine Productions. Neither Wolverine's nor General Motors Corp.'s name appeared on the released print or in copyright records.