Approved | | Drama, Film-Noir, Thriller
As was typical of other big studio films of the time, the exterior action photographed on location on the streets of New York City, but the dialogue scenes were shot on a copy of the building and on studio sets at the Fox Studios in Hollywood. The film is notable in that a number of actors just beginning their careers who were soon to go on to major roles in theater and film were cast in bit parts or as extras, among them: Joyce Van Patten, Janice Rule, John Randolph, Harvey Lembeck, Brian Keith, Richard Beymer, David Burns, Ossie Davis, John Cassavetes and Grace Kelly, in her first screen appearance.
Deputy Chief Moskar:
What goes with her anyway?
Dr. Strauss: She's a case, just like the boy!
In the opening few minutes: The car and trash can in the opening two shots are no less than 4' different; then in the shot a few moments later, looking down from the hotel room window, the car is about 8 feet from the trash can.
Two endings were shot, one in which Richard Basehart dies, one in which he doesn't. Some original prints show the two different endings one right after the other.