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The working title for this film was Lawless. Luke Short's novel first appeared as a serial in Saturday Evening Post (19 May-7 July 1945). A news item in Hollywood Reporter noted that actress Ellen Drew, who was originally set for the female lead, had to withdraw due to illness and was replaced by Marguerite Chapman. Contemporary news items indicate that outdoor filming was set to take place in Sedona, AZ, and at Iverson Ranch in Chatsworth, CA.