Due to the aftereffects of a stroke, James Cagney was unable to properly articulate his dialogue during shooting. In the finished film, his voice is actually dubbed by impressionist Frank Gorshin.

The story was originally intended as a vehicle for Katharine Hepburn, with the main character a retired tennis champion. When she declined the project, it was re-written for James Cagney, with the lead character changed to a retired boxer.

The final acting role of James Cagney.