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The working title of this film was Sure Thing. Young stage actor Johnny Stewart made his screen debut in the picture. Although Milton Holmes was given sole writing credit when the film was initially released, the WGA restored blacklisted screenwriter Harold Buchman's credit. WGA's official credits for the film now read: "Written by Milton Holmes and Harold Buchman."
According to news items in Variety and Los Angeles Examiner, in May 1952, producer Milton Holmes filed a $1,000,000 breach of contract suit against Columbia Pictures, charging that Boots Malone was not properly publicized and distributed as agreed upon. Holmes claimed that in the agreement between the studio and Sidney Buchman Enterprises, Inc., Buchman was to produce the film, and Holmes as screenwriter, was to receive 15% of the gross receipts.
Buchman, who was cited for contempt for refusing to testify before the House Committee on Un-American Activities, withdrew from the production and Columbia asked Holmes to take charge of the film. Holmes claimed he received no producer salary. The outcome of the case has not been determined. In July 1952 writer Leo Katcher filed a $50,000 plagiarism suit against Columbia, stating that Boots Malone was a combination of two separate scripts he submitted to the studio on three different occasions. The outcome of that suit also has not been determined.