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According to Hollywood Reporter news items, the rights to Jesse Stone's song "Idaho" were originally bought by Republic for a film about the state's history, which was to star John Wayne. Other Hollywood Reporter news items reported that although the studio wanted to film the picture on location in Idaho, the plan was abandoned due to "extreme uncertainty of transportation [due to wartime shortages], accomodations, the closing of Sun Valley...and the exceptionally heavy snowfall in the northern mountains." The picture was instead photographed in Kernville, CA. Modern sources include James Bush in the cast.