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The following written foreword appears after the opening credits: "During the early days when civilization was pushing its frontiers farther and farther west, there roamed a special breed of men...neither outlaws nor officers of the law, yet more feared than either. For reward money...they tracked down criminals, wanted Dead or Alive, and made themselves both judge and executioner in some lonely court of no appeal. They were called 'Bounty Hunters.'" According to the Daily Variety review, the film, which was released as a wide-screen feature, was originally planned as a 3-D venture. Portions of the film were shot at Red Rock Canyon and Mojave Desert, CA, according to an August 1953 Hollywood Reporter news item. The Hollywood Reporter review erroneously lists the running time as 88 minutes. The Bounty Hunter marked the screen debut of Dolores Dorn.