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The working titles of this film were Pennsylvania Uprising and Allegheny Frontier, and it was released in Britain as The First Rebel. According to a pre-production news item in Hollywood Reporter, actor Bob Burns was slated to appear in this picture but withdrew over a disagreement about the story. Another news item in Hollywood Reporter notes that George Sanders replaced Sir Cedric Hardwicke in the role of Capt. Swanson when Hardwicke left the film to fill the spot intended for Basil Rathbone in The Hunchback of Notre Dame. Other news items in Hollywood Reporter add that the film was shot on location at Lake Sherwood and Sherwood Forest, CA. This was the second of three films that paired John Wayne and Claire Trevor in 1939 and 1940. The first was Stagecoach and the third was The Dark Command.