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The film begins with the following written prologue: "Tangier, an International Zone in Spanish Morocco, North Africa, is probably the wickedest city in the world...It is a haven for political outcasts, spies, tax dodgers, thieves and the dregs of society...It is almost impossible to break the law in Tangier, simply because there are few laws to be broken...Smuggling is a legitimate business and is listed as 'Import-Export' in the telephone directory...Dope merchants, black marketeers operate openly...Every known vice is legal...This story is laid in Tangier and Sevilla, Spain...It was actually filmed in Spain and Tangier." Despite the latter statement, the shots of Tangier are limited to a few scenic views; Tangier's Casbah was built on land adjacent to the studio in Madrid.
The film was shot in 1950, but was not released in the U.S. until May 1953. The print viewed had English credit titles, but was dubbed into Spanish. It is possible that assistant director Wm. Jugo is a pseudonym for Luis Mara Delgado who worked on the film and also supervised its dubbing into Spanish. Some sources add Carlos Daz de Mendoza as "Hotel manager" and Casimiro Hurtado as "Concierge" to the cast, but they were not in the print viewed. That Man from Tangier was the last film of longtime character actor Roland Young (1887-1953). The film was released in Spain as Aquel hombre de Tanger.