Hadji: As I remember it, Fay Wray said that working with Erich Von Stroheim was one of her greatest professional experiences.
Tony: In these days when horrific murders daily crowd each other for Bill O'Reily's attention, it is difficult to imagine the impact that the "Leopold-Loeb Case" had on the tabloid reading public of the 1920's. Every year there had been such an event, but this one had everything in the way of depravity: Rich kids, a Dostoyevskian theme, homosexuality, a mutilated youngster, Chicago, and the greatest (most notorious) criminal defense lawyer of his day. Like Billy Wilder's struggle to make DOUBLE INDEMNITY, based on another notorious case of the time, Fleischer labored to get some of the documentary realism and compassion of Meyer Levin's book on the screen, along with what would still have been a sensational subtext. [Hitchcock took a chillier view in ROPE.]
Fleischer seemed drawn to these stories. He later made THE BOSTON STRANGLER (1968), a technically very interesting film for its time.