Producer Ross Hunter developed this vehicle specifically for Lana Turner, with whom he had previously done a very successful remake of Imitation of Life. But during this film's production, syndicated gossip columnist Hedda Hopper reported that Turner was treating producer Hunter "like a dog," and was being "nothing but trouble," which may explain why this was their final collaboration.
The film was a notable box office and critical flop, however time has somewhat thawed the chilly reception the film garnered upon its release.
The poor box office returns of the film are largely credited with the decline of big-budget melodramas (mostly targeted toward women) which had been en vogue for the previous two decades.
This was at least the third screen version of this material which, like a few other perennially remade titles like Back Street and Stella Dallas, was considered a classic of the so-called "tear jerker" genre.