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According to a February 1950 Hollywood Reporter news item, George Sherman was originally hired as the film's director. April 1950 Hollywood Reporter items add that Dorothy Hart was cast as "Frenchie Fontaine," but was released from the role after she objected to aspects of the character. Another April 1950 Hollywood Reporter item states that some scenes were shot on location near Bishop, CA. Some modern sources refer to Frenchie as a remake of the 1939 Universal film Destry Rides Again (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1931-40), which was based on a novel by Max Brand, but Frenchie was not based on Brand's story, and is only thematically related to it in some plot points.