It took Greer Garson 125 takes to enunciate the word "No" to the director's satisfaction. Co-star Robert Mitchum claimed later that this incident was when he first stopped taking Hollywood seriously.
During one scene, a huge wave swept Garson and co-star Richard Hart along the jagged rocks of the Monterey coast, inflicting bruises, cuts and back problems on Garson that would require many surgeries and hospital visits in the following months and years.
Film historians tend to cite this film (regarded as the worst film made by MGM to that time) as the point where Loew's Inc. chairman Nicholas Schenck lost confidence in Louis B. Mayer's leadership. Schenck would soon bring producer Dore Schary back to the studio from RKO and groom him as Mayer's replacement.
George Cukor and Mervyn LeRoy were among a number of directors who worked on this film without taking credit. Thus, leaving the film with no director's credit at all.
Like director George Cukor, Montgomery disliked the picture o much, he left the production and was replaced by Richard Hart.
According to contemporary news articles, MGM constructed the fishing village on its back lot which consisted of 35 buildings and a 200 square foot harbor with 12 fishing boats. In addition to this set, the studio built a duplicate near Monterey, California.
According to an article in the 26 September 1947 edition of the Los Angeles Times, Greer Garson nearly drowned while filming the shrimping scene with Richard Hart near the ocean at Carmel, California. A rogue wave swept both of them off the beach. Garson was rescued by a fishing boat captain named Vincent Sollecito, and the studio rewarded him with a bit part in the film. However, in a contemporary article in Screen Guide magazine by this film's cinematographer Joseph Ruttenberg, Sollecito was already working as an extra on the film. The article also contains stills from the incident as the cameras were rolling at the time.
Because of the huge cost of this film due to extensive re-shooting and prolonged production time, it was a huge financial disaster for MGM, resulting in a loss of $2,440,000 ($29M in 2019) according to studio records.
First feature film for Richard Hart, although it was released after his second film, Green Dolphin Street (1947).
A Broadway play titled "Karl and Anna", based on the same novel as this film, but set in the Soviet Union prison camp, opened at the Guild Theatre (August Wilson Theatre since 2005), 245 W. 52nd St. on October 7, 1929 and ran for 49 performances.
Richard Hart replaced Robert Montgomery after three weeks of production in April 1946. Montgomery walked off the set after differences with first director George Cukor.
This film received its USA television premiere in Los Angeles Tuesday 13 November 1956 on KTTV (Channel 11), followed by Chicago Tuesday 18 December 1956 on WBBM (Channel 2) and by Seattle Friday 28 December 1956 on KING (Channel 5); it first aired in Philadelphia 2 February 1957 on WFIL (Channel 6), in New York City 4 March 1957 on WCBS (Channel 2), in Altoona PA 8 March 1957 on WFBG (Channel 10), in Minneapolis 3 August 1957 on KMGM (Channel 9) and in San Francisco 31 December 1957 on KGO (Channel 7).