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The film was shot on location in California's High Sierra mountain range, Lone Pine and Death Valley. According to a Hollywood Reporter April 1958 news item, The Law and Jake Wade marked the first time a major film studio used a "canned soundtrack" for background music. The item reveals that composer Bronislau Kaper had begun a score for the film, but due to a musicians' strike, M-G-M purchased a full-length recording from the library of Capitol Records and used it for the film's music track. Hollywood Reporter casting lists add Henry Wills, Karl Petti, Martha Crawford, Lennie Smith, Jack Williams, Lew Smith, and Wilson Wood to the cast, but their appearance in the film has not been confirmed.