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The working title for this film was Angel and the Outlaw. Modern sources also include The Gun as a working title. James Edward Grant's onscreen credit reads: "Written and directed by James Edward Grant." Angel and the Badman was the first feature produced by John Wayne's production company, Patnel Productions. It also marked Wayne's first producing effort for Repulic. According to Wayne's biography, Herbert Yates, the head of the studio, made Wayne a producer to prevent him from being courted by other studios. Wayne went on to produce the 1949 film The Fighting Kentuckian (see below) for Republic. While reviews and CBCS list Gail Russell's character name as "Prudence," she is called "Penelope" or "Penny" in the film. Russell was borrowed from Paramount to appear in this picture. According to Hollywood Reporter news items, location shooting was conducted at Flagstaff and Sedona, AZ and at Monument Valley, UT.