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After the opening credits, the following uncredited quote from Robert Louis Stevenson's "Requiem" appears: "Home is the sailor, home from the Sea, And the hunter, home from the hill." According to a January 31, 1958 Daily Variety article, Sol Siegel had just purchased the rights to William Humphrey's novel Home from the Hill for M-G-M. According to director Vincente Minnelli's biography, Siegel left the picture before shooting began because of the other commitments; however, he was given credit onscreen for his participation.
Hollywood Reporter production charts for the film state that actress Yvette Mimieux was cast in Home from the Hill, but she was not in the released film. In his autobiography, Minnelli explained that Mimieux' scenes were cut from the film. A modern source notes that actor Clark Gable was considered for the lead, but was replaced by Robert Mitchum.
A February 10, 1960 Daily Variety review of the film states that the film was shot on location in Mississippi and Texas. Minnelli specified in his autobiography that scenes were shot in Oxford, Mississippi and at the Sulphur Flats near Paris, Texas. Another modern source adds Clarksville, Texas as a location. The film, which included many hunting scenes, received critical acclaim for the authentic portrayal of Texas rural life, specifically the boar hunt scenes. Mitchum received the National Board of Review award for Best Actor for his performance.