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Zane Grey's novel Sunset Pass was published serially in American Magazine, beginning in April 1928. Although actor John Laurenz sings a third song in this film, its title and composer have not been identified. It is possible that Laurenz, who also wrote songs, was the composer. According to a Hollywood Reporter news item, Edward Killy was first slated to direct the film. Hollywood Reporter also noted that exteriors for Sunset Pass were shot in Lone Pine, CA. Paramount produced two earlier versions of Grey's novel, both titled Sunset Pass. The first was released in 1929, and was directed by Otto Brower and starred Jack Holt (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1921-30; F2.5473). Henry Hathaway directed the second, which was made in 1933 with Tom Keene and Randolph Scott (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1931-40; F3.4404). Despite their common source, the plots of the three versions bear little resemblance to one another.