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The opening title credits read "Jack Broder presents Hannah Lee An American Primitive," and are immediately followed by the writing credits: "Screenplay by MacKinlay Kantor and Rip Van Ronkle, From the Novel Wicked Water by MacKinlay Kantor." An alternate release title of this film was Outlaw Territory; contemporary advertising listed both titles. Hannah Lee was released in both 2-D and 3-D formats. A June 1953 news item in American Cinematographer noted that the film was shot using the twin-Camerette 3-D system by Stereo-Cine Corp. Although the Daily Variety review has a note that the film was shot in Technicolor, PatheColor is credited in the body of the review as well as all other sources.
According to various contemporary news items, then husband and wife team John Ireland and Joanne Dru filed a lawsuit against the production company for unpaid profits to which they claimed entitlement, and for lack of sufficient publicity. Jack Broder Productions filed a countersuit alleging that Ireland, who directed and produced the film in association with Lee Garmes, overshot the production budget due to changes in the script and delays in filming. The final outcome of the lawsuit has not been determined. Hannah Lee marked Ireland's feature film directorial debut. Actor Peter Ireland is the son of the director and his first wife, Elaine.