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The working title of this film was Ox Train. The picture opens with the following written prologue: "In the days before the railroad, it was the ox train that moved our mighty empire to the fabled gold coast. Some men saw in the new era of the railroad the end of their own ox train regime. They fought a stubborn, bloody battle of resistance. This is a story of those times, of those trains, of those men." Onscreen song credits refer to director Edward Buzzell as "Eddie Buzzell." Hollywood Reporter news items yield the following information about this picture: Jack Holt was considered for a role, and locations were shot at Chatsworth and Sonora, CA. The Variety review misspells Howard Da Silva's name as de Silva. An August 1942 news item notes that sketches, set stills, research materials and star photos from the film were included in an educational exhibit to be shown in libraries in 40 major U.S. cities and small towns. A modern sources adds Kermit Maynard to the cast.