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The working title of this film was American Cowboy. In the opening credits, the title card reads "Nunnally Johnson's Along Came Jones." The picture was a co-production between Gary Cooper's Cinema Artists Corp. and International Pictures, Inc. It represented Cooper's first effort as an independent producer and was his first Western since the 1940 film The Westerner (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1931-40; F3.5023). According to a contemporary program from the film contained in the AMPAS production files, the town of Payneville was erected at the Iverson Ranch in Chatsworth, CA. Other location shooting was done in Sasabe, Tucson and Nogales, Arizona.