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This was the first production of Alan Ladd's own company. The main title reads: "Delmer Daves' Drum Beat." The film was shot around Sedona and in the Coconino National Forest, Arizona. Time reported that the film was made at a low cost of $1,100,000. The opening titles state that the story is based upon historical fact and that fictional incidents and characters have been introduced only where necessary to dramatize the truth. This was the first film in which Charles Buchinsky was billed as Charles Bronson.