According to an article in the 31 March 1948 edition of Variety, MGM paid $50,000 for the film rights to Maxence Van der Meersch's novel.

This film was successful at the box office, earning MGM a profit of $184,000 according to studio records.

This was Glenn Ford's first movie for MGM.

Director Curtis Bernhardt used a camera camouflaged in a truck to film scenes on 42nd Street in New York City. He also used a hidden camera in a wall in a coffee shop to film people undetected.