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Working titles for this film were Black Sheep and Alley Cowboys. According to studio publicity material, the film's story is based on the real-life boys' ranch founded by Cal Farley near Amarillo, TX. According to an unidentified contemporary news item in the AMPAS Library's file on the picture, film crews spent five weeks shooting on location in Texas. The Hollywood Reporter review called the film the "Amarillo, Texas version of Boys Town," a reference to the popular 1938 M-G-M film about a Nebraska home for boys. (See AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1931-40; F3.0465.) The film marked the motion picture debut of actress Dorothy Patrick.