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The working title of this film was The Calico Pony. A June 1954 Daily Variety item reported that producer Leonard Goldstein purchased the story from writer Herb Meadow and offered the starring role to Gary Cooper. A November 1954 Hollywood Reporter item notes that Harold Rose of Famous Artists negotiated the sale of Meadow's script to Copa Productions, a company established by actor Tyrone Power and producer Ted Richmond. The film marked actress Joanne Woodward's motion picture debut. In complimenting Woodward's performance, the Hollywood Reporter critic stated: "Possessed of an offbeat gamin charm and a sense of comedy timing that would be worthy of a veteran, she treats the audience to laugh after laugh."