This film marked Richard Goldstone's debut as an M-G-M producer. According to a Nov 1948 HR news item, Harry Ruskin was originally set to produce the film. The distortion effect sequence in the film was created by renowned press photographer Weegee (the adopted nickname of Arthur H. Fellig), who also appears in a bit role as a cab driver. According to an Apr 1949 HR news item, Jimmy Durante was set to play a veteran cab driver in the film. An Aug 1949 HR news item lists Jill Donohue in the cast, but her appearance in the released film has not been confirmed. The film marked the final screen appearance of stage and screen actress Polly Moran, who began her film career in the silent era and who co-starred in several M-G-M comedies with Marie Dressler. Moran died in 1952 (AFI).