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According to a June 1956 Variety article, Twentieth Century-Fox bought the rights to Frank O'Rourke's novel before it was published. Hollywood Reporter news items yield the following information about this production: In July 1957 Edward Dmytryk was announced as director. Dmytryk did not work on the picture, however. Ken Scott, who played "Primo," the deputy, was originally cast as a heavy, according to a December 1957 news item. The same item and materials contained in the picture's production files in the AMPAS Library indicate that the studio wanted to film in Arizona, but director Henry King lobbied to shoot on location in Mexico. Mexican locations included Morelia, Uruapan, Patzcuaro, and San Jose Punua. In 1959 Joe De Rita, who played "Simms," took over the role of "Curly" in The Three Stooges.