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The working title of this film was The Burning Arrow. According to Variety, Charge at Feather River had its premiere at the Plaza Theatre in Vernon, TX, and was the first picture to be shown there. The newly constructed theater was the first in the country built especially for 3-D, wide-screen and stereophonic sound films. According to the file for the film in the MPAA/PCA Collection at the AMPAS Library, the river island battle depicted in the film was based on the historic Battle of Beeckers Island, which took place in 1869. Although Larry Chance is credited in the role of "Chief Thunder Hawk" in February 1953 studio cast lists, Fred Carson is credited with the part in an August 1953 CBCS list. A February 1953 Hollywood Reporter news item adds Paul Richards to the cast, but his appearance in the film has not been confirmed.
In 1972, according to a Daily Variety news item, Milton L. Gunzburg filed suit against Warner Bros. and others seeking profits from this and another film, House of Wax, which he claimed were contractually due to him and the Natural Vision Corp. Gunzburg also sought $150,000 in damages and an injuction against further showings of the films. The outcome of the suit is not known. Modern sources note that The Charge of Feather River was the highest grossing western of 1953.