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The working titles of this film were Great Divide and Beyond the Great Divide. According to a news item in Hollywood Reporter, Rex Bell replaced actor Tim McCoy, who had to report for active duty in the U.S. Army. Dawn on the Great Divide was the last film in "The Rough Riders" series and marked the final screen appearance of Buck Jones. Jones died in a fire at the Cocoanut Grove nightclub in Boston, MA, on November 28, 1942. The fire, one of the worst in U.S. history, killed or injured approximately three hundred people. For additional information on the series, please consult the Series Index and see the entry above for Arizona Bound.