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According to a July 1953 Hollywood Reporter news item, June Allyson was originally cast as "Amanda Lawrence Dartland." Although a July 23, 1954 Hollywood Reporter production chart includes Linda Christian in the cast, she does not appear in the finished film. The onscreen credits note that "Miss Jane Russell's services" were provided "by courtesy of Russ-Field Corporation." According to studio publicity and a July 27, 1954 Hollywood Reporter news item, the picture was filmed on location at Oatman and Kingman, AZ, and was the first film in which husband and wife Barton MacLane and Charlotte Wynters appeared together. Foxfire marked the last American-made film to use Technicolor's bulky three-strip process. In the film, Jeff Chandler sings the theme song that he co-wrote with Henry Mancini. The Saturday Review critic remarked that the script "probes unusually deep in analyzing the position of women in an Apache tribe and their relation to their men, with one beautifully handled sequence in which the withered Indian mother explains by indirection the ways of her people to the bewildered young wife."