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A 12 November 1952 Hollywood Reporter news item announced Gloria Grahame as a cast member, but she did not appear in the film. East of Sumatra marked the first film on which Western author and screenwriter Louis L'Amour received screen credit. Actress Suzan Ball suffered a knee injury during the filming of this picture, which lead to her death from cancer two years later, at the age of twenty-two. For more information, see the entry above for Ball's last film, Chief Crazy Horse.