Original cast announced were Anne Baxter, Paul Douglas, and Victor Moore. The film stalled in pre-production and Douglas left Fox and was replaced by Dana Andrews. Baxter dropped out and was replaced by Jeanne Crain, but her pregnancy stalled the picture some more until shooting finally began in May 1952 with Patricia Neal, Victor Mature, and Edmund Gwenn.
'Admiral' Johnnie Adams:
You know, there's so much confusion in Washington, that if you only seem to know what you're doing, you can get away with anything.