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The film's working title was Tender Hearts. Hugo Haas's opening credit reads: "Written, produced and directed by Hugo Haas." Haas also starred in the critically acclaimed film, which was made in 1953. In 1955, prior to obtaining a distributor, Haas previewed the film to the press. In 1956, when Universal bought the distribution rights, the film was renamed Edge of Hell. Although Hollywood Reporter production charts add John Fontaine to the cast, he does not appear in the film.