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Johnny Concho marked Frank Sinatra's first film as a producer, the first and only film made by his own company, Kent Productions, Inc., and his first Western. The film's pressbook reports that, one week prior to production, Phyllis Kirk replaced Gloria Vanderbilt in the role of "Mary Dark." Although a December 6, 1955 Hollywood Reporter news item includes Juney Ellis in the cast, her appearance in the completed film has not been confirmed. In June 1960, Daily Variety reported that Jack Broder's Realart Productions had sold the rights to David P. Harmon's original story to Sinatra's company and was suing to obtain a share of the profits. Broder alleged that he was owed between $20,000 to $60,000 for the film, which had been theatrically re-released in 1960. The disposition of the suit has not been determined.