Leatrice Joy claimed to have based her performance on Madelynne Obenchain, whose trial she attended in Los Angeles. Obenchain, who murdered her (unreceptive) paramour J. Belton Kennedy in Los Angeles, later had her story incorporated into a film, "A Man and a Million", produced by Charles R. Seeling and starring her husband, Ralph Obenchain.
In order to correctly write a script that would depict the experience of a woman being arrested and imprisoned, screenwriter Jeanie Macpherson arranged, at Cecil B. DeMille's behest, to be imprisoned for stealing a fur piece from a friend (with whom she had worked out an agreement beforehand). She was arrested in Detroit, and spent three days in jail before a police official discovered the truth and arranged for her release.
Sometimes sighted by historians and film critics as one of Cecil B. deMille's worst films. Robert S. Birchard attributes a bout of debilitating rheumatic fever that deMille was hit with while on a trip to Europe right before the film went into production.