Although many critics and biographers have spoken about a narration in the film, and also about a sequence before the opening credits, the version which has always been shown on British television has neither of these things.
In late August 1942, RKO decided to delay the release of the movie because critics panned it in press previews. By that time, Orson Welles' contract was terminated by a new studio head. As part of the settlement, Welles agreed to edit the last reel and film additional scenes. He added the voice-over by Joseph Cotten throughout the movie, and designed the sequence before the credits.
It is widely believed that Orson Welles directed this film, or at least large portions of it. However, in "This Is Orson Welles", he states he only acted in it and the directing credit should go to Norman Foster.
Ruth Warrick played the wife of the main character, Howard Graham, in this film. She had also acted as the main character's wife in another film that was directed by Orson Welles and in which he acted, Citizen Kane (1941). Previous to that, she had worked with Welles on the radio in Mercury Theater of the Air.