A scene in which a group of children tar-and-feather another child was excluded from the final print at the request of the PCA.

James Stewart had been considered to star, cast and direct the film.

Burt Lancaster was considered for the male lead.

Ethel Barrymore gets third billing, but she does not appear until 10 minutes from the end of the film.

Lillian Gish had been considered for a leading female role.

Garson Kanin intended to produce the story as a vehicle for John Garfield while John Farrow wanted to produce it as a vehicle for Alan Ladd.

This film is part of the Criterion Collection, spine #921.

Based on the novel of the same name by Theodore Strauss.