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The working titles of the film were Jagged Edge and A Handful of Clouds. The character "Roy Earle" introduces himself as "Roy Collins" to "Pa Goodhue" to avoid revealing that he is a felon. According to a February 1955 Hollywood Reporter news item, portions of the film were shot at Lone Pine, CA and on Mt. Whitney. A February 1955 Hollywood Reporter news item added Bob Wilke to the cast. Although studio production notes found in the AMPAS file list Wilke in the role of "Jack Kranmer," James Millican played the role in the final film and Wilke's appearance in the film is doubtful. According to the Hollywood Reporter review, Daisy II, the dog portraying "Pard" in the film, was the offspring of the dog "Daisy," who was featured in Columbia's Blondie series (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1931-40 and 1941-50).
As noted in reviews, I Died a Thousand Times was a remake of the Warner Brothers 1941 production, High Sierra, directed by Raoul Walsh and starring Humphrey Bogart as "Roy Earle" and Ida Lupino as "Marie." W. R. Burnett, who wrote the novel High Sierra, and co-wrote the screenplay for the 1941 film with John Huston, received the sole writing credit for I Died a Thousand Times. His credit reads: "Written by" and does not mention the novel. Another film directed by Walsh, the 1949 Warner Bros. Colorado Territory, which starred Joel McCrea and Virginia Mayo, is also based on High Sierra (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1941-50).