In the play, the setting was a brothel run by "Mother Goddam", who was once sold into prostitution, and it dealt with drug addition and nymphomania as well. Many initial adaptations of the original play were rejected by the Hays office, and they discouraged studios from making the film. The Chinese consulate also voiced objections to the portrayal of the Chinese in the play.
The first telecasts of this film occurred in New York City Monday 19 May 1947 on the DuMont Television Network's WABD (Channel 5), in Baltimore Sunday 9 November 1947 on WMAR (Channel 2), in Los Angeles Sunday 28 December 1947 on DuMont's KTLA (Channel 5), in Cincinnati Monday 22 March 1948 on WLWT (Channel 4), and in Chicago Saturday 12 June 1948 on WGN (Channel 9).
Although billed highly in the credits, Maria Ouspenskaya has no dialogue whatsoever in the film. This is down to the fact that preview audiences roared with laughter at her thick Russian accent - slightly inappropriate, given that she was playing a Chinese woman.