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According to Hollywood Reporter news items, the film was partially shot on location in Bend, OR, while interiors were shot at the Kling Studios in Hollywood. Although the Variety review and some other contemporary sources list the first name of the character played by Robert Ryan as "Maise," at several places within the film he is called "Blaise." Actor Nehemiah Persoff, whose onscreen credit reads "And Nehemiah Persoff as Dan," is the only actor credited onscreen with a character name. A Hollywood Reporter news item adds Robert Tetrick to the cast, but his appearance in the released film has not been verified.
Although a November 1958 Hollywood Reporter news item stated that actor-singer Burl Ives would be writing and singing the film's title song, there was neither a title nor any other song within the film. A September 9, 1959 Hollywood Reporter news item noted that releasing company United Artists had protested against local newspaper Los Angeles Examiner for "arbitrarily censoring" ads for the film, which prominently featured actress Tina Louise in a costume with a plunging neckline [there was no such costume in the film]. In retaliation, UA threatened to reduce the size of its ad from the "forty-inch" ad being carried by Los Angeles Times and other local newspapers to only six inches for Los Angeles Examiner. The article went on to explain that the editors had apologized to UA executives and promised not to censor their ads in the future. The following day, the original ad ran in its entirety.