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Paramount story files at the AMPAS library include an early script titled Stairs of Sand, written by Madeleine Ruthven and James Burtis. Their contribution to the final script is undetermined. Zane Grey's Stairs of Sand was published as a book in 1943. The working title of the film was Boots and Saddles. According to a news item in Hollywood Reporter the original star, Louise Stuart, was replaced by June Martel. According to financial information in the script files at the AMPAS library, the negative cost of the film was $268,285.43. In 1929, Otto Brower directed Wallace Beery and Jean Arthur in Stairs of Sand, based on the same story (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1921-30; F2.5365).