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Although the Variety review stated that Man of the West was the "initial production by the Mirisch Co. for [distribution by] United Artists," the production company for the film was Ashton Productions, Inc. The Mirisch Company, Inc., formed in 1957 by producer Walter M. Mirisch and his brothers, released its first film, Fort Massacre, through United Artists in May 1958, several months before the release of Man of the West.
According to Hollywood Reporter news items, exteriors for Man of the West were shot on location at Sonora and Thousand Oaks, CA, and the interiors were shot at Samuel Goldwyn Studios. The film's title song, written by Bobby Troup, was not in the print viewed. Jazz musician and sometime actor Troup also managed singer-actress Julie London throughout the mid-1950s. The two married in 1959.