Director John Frankenheimer, a gangly TV veteran of 27, was disappointed from the start with George Bellak's TV adaptation of his original play. So Frankenheimer called in TV Author Rod Serling to doctor the script.
Martin Manulis took the cigar from Harry Guardino and replaced it with a cigarette to appease the sponsor Marlboro in the scene just before airing.
After being threatened with loss of sponsorship on the controversy surrounding the episode Rod Serling was called in to "doctor" the script strengthening Ben Gazzara's role.
Based on a real case at Dartmouth where in 1949 eight students assaulted a GI. One of the students was charged with manslaughter but got off with a suspended sentence and a $500. fine.