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The working title of this film was Jubal Troop. Although onscreen credits read "introducing Felicia Farr," Farr had previously appeared in the United Artists film Timetable . According to an October 1942 Hollywood Reporter news item and an August 1943 Los Angeles Examiner news item, producer-director Sam Wood purchased the rights to Paul I. Wellman's novel in 1942, intending to cast Gary Cooper and Irene Dunne in the lead roles. The project was shelved, however, after Wood's death on 22 September 1949.
In August 1953, a Daily Variety news item announced that Alan Ladd was to star in the film. Raoul Walsh was to direct the Ladd version. According to the Daily Variety review, location filming was done in the Grand Teton country of Wyoming. The Hollywood Reporter review notes that the film Jubal dealt with only a small part of Wellman's novel. Jubal marked the American screen debut of British actress Valerie French. According to a June 1956 Los Angeles Times news item, the studio considered filming another portion of the novel with Glenn Ford, but that project never reached fruition.