Re Pat's comment below:
"The overall haste of the project was due to the studio needing some product to keep its star, Alan Ladd's, name in the public consciousness while he was away on active wartime service himself."
The haste was intensified because Ladd, already on active duty, was on a long-term leave (medical? I don't actually recall), and Paramount wanted to take advantage of that leave to make the movie before Ladd's leave ended. The longer it took Chandler to write the script, the more likely it was that Ladd would get called back on duty.
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