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The working title of this film was Sergeant Houck. The film's opening credits appear on pages of a book opened to reveal the words, "A Chronicle of the West." Actor Cyril Delevanti's surname is misspelled "Delivanti" in the onscreen credits. According to news items and information in the file on the film in the MPAA/PCA Collection at the AMPAS Library, M-G-M purchased the screen rights to Jack Schaefer's short story in 1952 and assigned the property to producer Hayes Goetz. The PCA, however, informed the studio that a film based on the story as written could not be approved by them because the cavalry officer, at the end, "is going off to live with this woman who is still, in fact, the wife of another man."
In December 1955, Los Angeles Times reported that the story was to be "packaged to Paramount" by Charles Marquis Warren, who was to write the script as well as direct. In February 1956, Sol Baer Fielding, who had been a producer at M-G-M, purchased the rights to the story from his former studio and made a deal with United Artists to finance and distribute the film, which became the first production of his newly formed Fielding Productions, Inc. An September 18, 1956 Hollywood Reporter news item mentioned that Fielding made his film debut in the picture in a small role as a cavalryman. According to a September 20, 1956 Hollywood Reporter casting list, Joel McCrea's son Jody signed on for the feature but he was not in the released film. A September 21, 1956 Hollywood Reporter item added that director Charles Marquis Warren's mother Beatrice, wife Anne and three children Lance, Porter and Anne appeared in the film, but their appearance in the film has not been confirmed. According to the pressbook, exterior filming was done in Kanab, UT. An October 1956 Hollywood Reporter news item indicates that Harry Belafonte was to compose three songs for the film's background and sing them for the released film. There is no further information on any contribution by Belafonte to the released film. The title song was sung throughout the film by Tex Ritter. The Variety reviewer commented that Ritter's singing was an attempt to emulate the use of a theme song, as in High Noon, which was also sung by Ritter, but that in Trooper Hook, "It's not too successful, since it intrudes more than informs."