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The working title of this film was Jagade. The film opens with the following written foreword: "The close of the Civil War marked the beginning of the nation's sweeping expansion westward. Standing on the path of the new civilization were undisciplined, untamed men-the gunfighters whose way of life was coming to an end. The final chapter to the long, violent struggle was written on a summer Sunday by a man called `Jagade.'" According to a May 1955 Los Angeles Times article, Howard Pine was originally slated to produce the film. Universal borrowed Dale Robertson from Twentieth Century-Fox to play the role of "Jagade." Although an August 1955 Hollywood Reporter news item adds Mickey Simpson to the cast, his appearance in the final film has not been confirmed.