Restored via UCLA Film and Television Archive. The restoration process took five years, after a print was discovered in France, and involved piecing segments of another copy into the restored version to have a complete film. The restoration was funded by the Film Noir Foundation.
The failure of the original copyright holder to renew the film's copyright resulted in it falling into public domain, meaning that virtually anyone could duplicate and sell a VHS/DVD copy of the film. Therefore, many of the versions of this film available on the market are either severely (and usually badly) edited and/or of extremely poor quality, having been duped from second- or third-generation (or more) copies of the film.
The UCLA Film Archive has remastered this film from a recently discovered original print; the restored version was broadcast on July 17, 2015, on the Turner Classic Movies network in pristine condition.
In the opening scenes there is an exterior scene, a long shot at night, that has a billboard saying "Vote Yes on Proposition 24." This film was released in 1949, presumably shot in 1948; in that year there were only 19 propositions on the California state ballot. It appears to be an exterior scene shot on location where, for some reason, the original billboard could not be used and the "Vote Yes" message was papered over it.