The first director signed to make the film was John Farrow, who also collaborated on the screenplay. However, he was fired by producer Mike Todd on the second day of filming and was replaced by Michael Anderson, a much younger and less famous director. Farrow retained his writing credit on the film and thus was, ironically, a winner of one of the film's Oscars. S.J. Perelman, who shared the writing credit with Farrow and James Poe, described Farrow's dismissal as "an unexpected stroke of luck", although he later referred to Mike Todd as "a cheap carnival grifter with the ethics of a stoat".