Updated version of A Free Soul (1931) changes the names of the principal characters, moves much of the action to Lexington, KY, and changes the legal action from a murder trial to a Senate investigation of gambling and corruption.
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MGM had wanted to do a remake of the pre-code A Free Soul (1931) as early as 1945 and had submitted a script to the Production Code office in 1946. However the PCA objected to the sexual relationship between Victor and Jean, the murder of Victor by Vance, and demanded various other revisions. The studio was forced to shelve the project until 1952 when a new script as submitted and finally approved.