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The working title of this film was The Tin Badge. According to Hollywood Reporter news items, Jeffrey Hunter was briefly considered for the role of "Sheriff Ben Owens" because of Anthony Perkins' illness, but the film's starting date was pushed back to allow Perkins to recuperate. A September 1956 Hollywood Reporter news item noted that the picture originally had been set to be shot in color but was switched to black and white. Hollywood Reporter news items add the following actors to the cast, although their appearance in the completed picture has not been confirmed: Bernard Shoeffel, Dick Bailey, Eric Alden, Roger Creed, Paul Palmer, Stewart East and Nick Burgani.
According to a October 19, 1956 Hollywood Reporter news item, the film was partially shot on location at the Morrison Ranch and Janss Ranch, both in the San Fernando Valley, and near the Prado Dam in Riverside, CA. The picture was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Story and Screenplay (Written for the Screen).